INSPIRATION – HISTORICAL NEEDLEWORK POSTCARDS

In answer to yesterday’s questions – yes, the two sleeves of the Sad Little Object are very different. Plus one is fully seamed front and back, and the other is only fastened to the front. Even so, themeasurement across the upper arm on the sleeve on the right (the skinny one) is two inches narrower than the measurement across the same spot of the one on the left. Truly a disturbing little piece… I will however save it as a cautionary lesson. Perhaps just seeing the mismatched upper sleeve colors will scare someone into springing for that extra "insurance skein" the next time they make a closely esitmated yarn purchase.

Needlework postcards

I was out web-walking late last night and ran across some amusing offerings. Please excuse me if I’ve linked to these in some sort of etiquette-violating manner. I’ve got two impulses here – the first is not to unduly burden someone else’s server; the second is to respect their ownership of these materials by not duplicating their files on this site. That being said, here aresome nifty bits. They’re part of a collection of vintage postcards being offered for sale by Postcardman, a collector. [No affiliation, yadda, yadda]. The site is being hammered right now because it was mentioned on Boing Boing (where I found it), so both patience and coming back later might both be in order if the images are slow in retrieving. UPDATE: I’ve gotten so many notes already asking for me to post these directly that I’ve done it.

First, here’s one that makes me want to sharpen my historical investigative skills:

Why was this Romilly, France associated with these socks? Anyone know? It’s also interesting that the stripey ones look a lot like Regia Mini Ringel if one did toes and heels in a contrasting color. Plus there may even be more than one working method shown. The yellow heeled pair and the gray pair with the apricot/brown toes/heels look like they’re worked similarly. But the blue/yellow stripey pair in the center looks a bit different. Examine the way the stripes terminate even with the heel on the yellow toed pair. They don’t do that on the center one. That one looks a lot like the short-row heel socks I make from Ringel, with the stripes "splitting" around the whole heel unit.

Then there’s this one. If you’re more musical than I, please enlighten us all on the nature of this little knitting song. (The image is too big to post conveniently, so you’ll have to click on the link.)As far as translating the lyrics, I get something like:

Song of the Needles

Knit, needles of France
Start ?
Knit with martial cadence
For the heros, the sons of France
Who fight and die down below

Countrywoman or grand city lady
In salons and in ??
Knit the same wool
Without knowing whomyou will clothe.

It goes on from there to speak of fears for the loved ones, that all should undertake this work in the hour of fraternal/patriotic spirit, and ends up with

Inch by inch, stitch by stitch
We repel the German forces.
Everyone is onthe battlefield,
Needles of France, go forth!

Of course my French is mighty rusty, so if anyone else makes more sense out of the thing, please let us know.

Other curious needlework and knitting related cards include Socksof the French Soldier:

The big caption works out to something like "My tools and army-provided kit." Again, if you can get this photo to load, look at the way the socks are made, with a ribbed top and top of the instep; a heel of a different texture, and what I suppose is a stockinette foot part, ending in a pointed rather than grafted toe. It even looks like the stockinette foot part is of a lighter weight yarn. The strings at the end of the toe aren’t there because the knitter forgot to end them off. They were deliberate additions, intended to make keeping a pair together and hanging them out to dry easier.

There are also quite a postcards having to do with embroidery, spinning, weaving,sheep, and more. The knitting ones came off a miscellanous textiles grouping.

Again, apologies if these pix don’t load. The links are VERY slow. You may wish to save them to look at later when traffic has subsided somewhat.

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