The first rule of the fair isle cardigan is, we won't talk about the fair isle cardigan. Well, probably I should talk about the cardigan: it's actually progressing jolly nicely, if at my usual slow speed. I'd probably be a bit further along with it had things not all gone horribly, horribly wrong in February, but now Mr Robot and I are adjusting to the New Normality better and I've picked up the cardigan again. It was weird trying to work out what stage I'd got to, and I am SO GLAD it is a fair isle design because the colour changes made it so much easier to work out what row I was on after a period not working on it. If it had been a plain colour, I'd have been all over the place trying to work out where in the armhole shaping I'd got to.
However, despite enjoying picking up my cardigan again, over on the All Things Vintage group on Ravelry they're having a knitalong from the Odhams series of knitting books, and I really want to join in with that. It's a bit naughty to cast on something new with a big project still on the needles, but I really fancy a new project for spring. It's a time for new beginnings, and I really fancy something fresh.
UnravelingSophia, the moderator of the group, posted publication dates for the Odhams books, including the ones that I own: Knit With Norbury is 1952, and I'd suspected all along that that one was late 40s/early 50s. I knew my other books were 1940s as the styling is so very much of that era, and it turns out that Knitting For All Illustrated was published in 1941 and Knitted Garments For All was 1944.
Madeira jumper from Knit With Norbury. The blue jumper I've put up a picture of would be nice, but I think my favourite is the lace-stitch jersey below it. With its ornate collar and slightly baggier body, it's got more of a 1930s feel than the other two, and I do tend to favour more of a deco look.