Friday, January 27, 2006

Free Vintage Pattern #12





















First of all I would assume one way to "Keep the Boys Smiling" would be to send them porn or alcohol, not by knitting them military-approved sweater-vests. This guy doesn't look like he's smiling much.

The pattern is pretty ordinary except for the insistance that you had to use "1 Pr. No. 5 Athena Noninflammable Knitting Needles". Yup, you heard me. Noninflammable. There must have been a rash of knitters spontaneously combusting whilst knitting For the Boys during World War II.

Minerva knitting pamphlet, early to mid 1940's.

Random Retarded Thought For the Day: So why does "inflammable" and "flammable" mean the same damn thing? Huh???

17 comments:

Scott said...

Why would anyone make a "noninflammable" knitting needle? Was that really a necessity? And why would it matter if the needle was inflammable or noninflammable? Do knitting needles somehow change the molecular structure of the yarn and make it more deadly if you use a regular old flammable needle?

Severina said...

Mebbe they melted down all the metal ones for the War Effort, then realised that nobody had anything to knit with for the War Effort.
I see experimental needles made of plastic explosives, oleomargerine, or Nazi legbones.
But seriously, stuff was made of celluloid which blows up real good. I got two bracelets & some buttons that could go up at any moment.

tawnyatay said...

I'm definitely knitting this for my boyfriend, although I do have other ways of making him smile.

I wish I had some of those flammable knitting needles -- I'd like to knit dangerously.

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