Don’t forget to join our Vintage Knit-a-long group on Facebook!
AND the winning jumpers are! Ding! Ding! Ding! The #4 the short sleeved blouse and #1 the skater sweater!
I can’t wait to see what colourways everyone comes up with!
Here are the knit-a-long details:
The knit-a-long will run from January 1st to April 30th. During the knit-a-long you are welcome to knit one or both of the patterns. I will provide the patterns to you for free.
To join the knit-a-long is simple. I have listed everything below:
During the knit-a-long I will be reposting your photos in my Instagram and adding them to the photos in the group.
Why a Facebook group? I learned a lot from running my first vintage knit-a-long and it is important to have a central area for everyone to go to ask help questions and one place to store all the knit-a-long files. I also want to build a vintage knitting community and this is a great way for everyone to discuss with all the other vintage knitters in our community.
You can join anytime between January 1st and March 30th and this knit-a-long will wrap up on April 30th.
I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this next knit-a-long. The last one was incredibly fun and all the jumpers beautiful!
I am continually blown away by the jumpers being created for this knit-a-long. The colourways, the way the finished jumpers look. Everything. I am already excited about the next knit-a-long and this one isn’t even done yet.
Here are some photos from the knit-a-long including an updated slideshow of finished sweaters.
Here are more progress shots.
We now have fifty plus vintage knitters participating in our knit-a-long! That is so amazing! What else is amazing is having someone tell you, they made their first jumper because of the knit-a-long or that this was the first jumper they ever knit from a vintage pattern! Yeah!
We are still doing this knit-a-long until December and there is still time to join in. Please contact me through my Instagram account (@killerkitsch13) or via our Ravelry group.
We now have five finished jumpers, with a bunch more on the verge of being done. Here are the finished jumpers! I’m so excited to see the rest being finished up! I am also planning the next knit-along and will be announcing it on December 1st.
As well, here are some more progress photos! There are so many colour combinations and it makes me smile how creative everyone is getting. There are also a couple cable jumpers and bedjackets in the works as well. I’m hoping to have shots of those soon as well.
This knit-a-long has not only inspired me to knit as many vintage garments as possible, but it has started a really amazing community of vintage knitters who have become friends.
I am a huge, HUGE classic movie nerd. Especially Silent Movies, Pre-code movies and 1950s Sci-fi. As a child, many Saturday mornings were filled with watching these movies and I have many fond memories of Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. I grew up loving black and white classic cinema. Living in Toronto I am beyond fortunate that there are rep theatres that still show these movies on the regular or have themed movie afternoons/evenings. My fella and I have become regulars at the 4 pm Sunday show at the Carlton. $6 gets you a movie, popcorn, and a drink. Each month is themed. We are also a stone throw from The Revue and are found there often, especially during the Toronto Silent Film Festival. Why do I think these types of theatres are important, let me tell you.
History. The history of the theatre and the history that comes along with the movies that are shown. Sadly, with the condo boom, many of Toronto’s beloved architecture, including old movie houses are being torn down. I don’t want to make this piece about that, I do want to raise how important it is to keep some of old Toronto still alive and intact. This includes our original movie theatres. There is so much incredible history in these buildings. Imagine the movies that were shown in these beautiful structures. Everything from The Silents of the early 1900s to the gritty movies of the 1970s. The people that would have walked across the thresholds. Buildings that allowed you to take refuge from the heat, the cold, the depression, the war or the general world outside. A place where you could escape to another world via celluloid. I often dream of being a child, jaw open while being mesmerized by a Silent Film, a sassy teen being inspired by the Flappers gracing the screen or a twenty-something being tantalized by a Pre-code bit of raunch. Witnessing a time in history and film-making when the creators cared about the story and the presentation.
An escape. The world we live in is a harsh place to be in. It’s equally complicated by the all too convenient ability to pull out your phone to see or read the news, check social media, watch hours of youtube or stream whatever content you want and almost never be left to use your imagination if even for a short period of time. It’s why I write in complete silence. Going to a movie theatre, where you have to put your phone away is a wonderful feeling. To spend one to two hours being swept into another world, another time. To see films about a period of history, shot during that actual time. The music, clothes, sets — the story. Is it wrong that I still have crushes on Jimmy Stewart or Clara Bow?
Most importantly, supporting independent businesses. Most of these theatres are independently owned. I would much rather support independent or family-owned businesses. I don’t only go to rep theatres to see the classics, I would much rather see the latest blockbuster in them. Yes, it means waiting a few extra weeks to see it, but if it means the money is going to a small business, I will wait.
Please, check out your local rep theatre. The more we frequent them, the longer they stay alive.
MOVIE THEATRES :
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (The Annex) – 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto 416-637-3123 — http://www.hotdocscinema.ca/
Carlton Cinema – 20 Carlton Street at Yonge, Toronto, 416 – 494-9371 — https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/carlton-cinema/
Fox Theatre – 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, 416-691-7330 — www.foxtheatre.ca
Humber Cinemas – 2442 Bloor Street West — http://www.humbercinemas.com/
Kingsway – 3030 Bloor Street West — http://kingswaymovies.ca/
Regent Theatre – 551 Mount Pleasant Road — http://regenttoronto.com/
Revue Cinema – 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada M6R 2M9 — http://revuecinema.ca/
Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto, 416-466-4400 — www.theroyal.to
Not only is this lovely lady part of the Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long, she is a brilliant vintage blogger and vintage style icon. Everyone should be following her blog!
Another cool (70’s F) kind of day here in Texas, so not one to miss a fashion opportunity, another day to wear a vintage suit to work! This wardrobe staple is a 1940’s wool two piece I purchased from Etsy store Lawrence of Baltimore. Exactly as described, timely shipping and lucky for me fits like […]
Oh my goodness! We are now at almost 40 participants in the first Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long. It has also evolved from just Instagram. I realized partway through the knit-a-long that I should also be posting on my Ravelry and I have set-up a group! It is called the Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long and you can view it here. Please join us for our next knit-a-long. I honestly had no idea these many people would be interested. I am cuffed.
After discussions with the core group of original knit-a-long participants, we decided to do this 3 to 4 times a year. We may pick themes from time to time. I’m overjoyed that this community is also building! In addition, we have decided to extend this one until the end of December. That way, more can join in and it gives knitters an opportunity to do two patterns if they can fit it in. Having a community doing the same thing at the same time is motivating and incredibly fun!
If that wasn’t enough, I am being completely blown away by all of the different colour combinations chosen for the two-colour jumper and the work on the cable jumper… oh my!
Below is the next set of progress photos including finished sweaters by Carmen, Michelle, Katy and myself. There will be a few others finished very soon as well.