Remember when my father found this photo of Queen Victoria and her daughter in law knitting? And Queen Victoria is knitting a sock in the photograph?
My research has lately been taking me into the Victorian period and as I work through all the amazing material to hand, I, of course, keep an eye open for anything knitting related. So how happy was I to find this Victorian colour picture book with Cinderella knitting a sock right there on the cover?
Isn’t she gorgeous with those English rose cheeks and long blonde curls? But… seriously… I love the fairy godmother! Look at that sartorial style – she rocks! And she knows it!
And then, not so work-related, but still rather fun…
1884 knitting book! With an illustration of a cat knitting a sock on the cover! I totally geeked out over this!
The patterns inside are so intriguing. One day, I might do a Franklin Habit and try to knit up the patterns, but for now I’ll enjoy staring in amazement, imagining the Victorian women who picked up their needles and set to work.
I was especially excited to see the mittens. I love mittens.
But the suspenders really made me laugh.
Addendum: I just noticed a great comment on the previous post about the photo suggesting it’s the Duchess of Teck and future Queen Mary, rather than Victoria and her daughter-in-law. Yes! I hadn’t thought of the Duchess of Teck, but that does fit the bill. I think I got sidetracked by knowing that Victoria knitted. The Duchess of Teck and Queen Victoria were cousins, so there is some family resemblance, too!