O-Wool was privileged enough to contribute yarn to the book "The Heritage Collection: WWI & WWII" by Rohn Strong. This book is filled with patterns directly influenced by the vintage style of the early 20th century. The patterns are unique and clever, and the photography is pretty gorgeous (although, I'm a sucker for vintage wallpaper).
Rohn Strong wrote us a post on his blog tour about the book and "Sophie", the adorable kids' garment knit in O-Wool Classic 2-Ply. Enjoy!
That’s what a tour guide would tell you if you were getting on a train to head back in time right? Right! I thought I was right!!
Well, I want to thank you for joining me on this tour of my book, The Heritage Collection WWI & WWII. So sit back, relax, and let me tell you about knitting during WWI and WWII.
We start out during a time where the world was rocked by its first full fledge World War. Something no one, to this point, had thought would or could happen. The year is 1914 and knitters were being called to report to duty. The classic Doughboy vest kicks off the twenty knitting patterns and a collection of essays that will take us through four decades of knitting when the world was at turmoil.
We cover everything from sock knitting to double knitting to sweaters to cardigans and essays on topics from Lord Kitchener to My Great Great Grandmother to Eleanor Roosevelt and more.
One pattern in the book that I am beyond proud of is actually named Sophie. It is a child’s suit that my Great Grandmother knit many of during WWII. I was so excited to be able to knit this in a yarn that I have loved for ages, it seems. O-Wool Classic 2-ply was a natural choice. When I received the yarn it was even more perfect. I was blown away by the perfection of the colors and the softness of the wool. Of course when knitting a toddler garment it is important for a yarn to have a gentle handle and O-Wool, of course, accomplished that. The pattern itself is named after Sophie Scholl, who was a member of The White Rose Party, a non-violent Nazi resistance group in Germany who was found guilty of high treason and executed.The pattern itself is deceitfully simple looking as well! Short rows are hidden here and there, and the simple color changes make it just stunning!
I loved writing this book and am so blessed to have yarn companies like O-Wool partnering with me to make this a great success!!