Thursday, January 30, 2014

Belated Australia Day in Knits...Noice

This knitting book in the Victor Harbour op shop in South Australia.
It is full of 80's design gems celebrating Australian-ness.
Like these Jenny Kee geometric "Oz" maps for father and daughters...that's right,"Oz".

The poor girl can't even bear to look!
But wait! There's more!
For all those who love Vegemite so much they want to snuggle up with it all night....

 And yep! That's a knitted"Norm" from the "Life Be In It" campaign...
 And here's the not so Jolly Swagman....
Just what every kid wants on his jumper- a creepy old man! And then there is more maps on your accessories...

And I don't even have words to describe this one... 
And what Australiana collection would be complete without a reference to Ned Kelly?
Unfortunately some of the book is missing but the contents page eludes to the missing marvelous "wildflower dress" and "fosters cardigan"!!! Yes! A hand knitted beer logo cardigan!What bloke wouldn't that?

Happy to scan any of these pattern is anyone wants to indulge their nostalgic knitting nationalism. 


  1. Wow. Those are some interesting patterns. Unfortunately, I don't knit. I'll bet that Wildflower dress was interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What an excellent find. It truly was a strange era. The models are all looking wonderfully serious considering their highly amusing garments. Somehow makes it even better.

    When I was a child in the early 80s I had a hand knitted jumper featuring fenced paddocks, gum trees, sheep and a kangaroo. I am sure I never looked quite as serious as these models when wearing it.

  3. Wow, that era takes me back.... The Vegimite blanket made me smile :O)

  4. Oh dear. The fact that they all look pretty depressed about having to wear those things is telling. But I reckon it's GOLD! Thanks for sharing, Julianne. :-)