Saturday, April 16, 2011

Advance Australia Fair!

I picked up a little something something in a shop on our way to the country for the family reunion - one of those shops country towns have where the locals sell their handmade goods and produce - jams, chutneys, relishes, quilts, knitwear, crochet, sewing, woodwork etc.  And this particular shop had a small op-shop/thrift store at the back.

On the shelves was this book.  For $1.  I couldn't leave it behind!

Published in 1984, when oversized shapeless bright knits were totally IN!  Not that I think I'll ever knit one of these garments - but I might one day incorporate one or more of the uniquely Australian motifs into something I knit - maybe a version of Bellyphant with kangaroos instead of elephants, or something like that...

It would be cruel of me not to share more of the patterns (there is one for each state and territory as well as a few more general patterns).

This one is for the Canberrans:

And my Tasmanian friends:

And this one is just perfect for Sydney:

Brash and loud!

23 comments:

Lynne said...

I borrowed that book from the local library - about fifteen years ago!

We have Liz Gemmell doing a workshop for our Guild group in June - she's a great tutor.

Sarah said...

What a find :)

Kris said...

I've got this book! I think I've actually got another one of Liz's 80's books as well too. She's awesome. I'm going to knit one of these someday and wear it PROUDLY with my BRIGHT RED LIPSTICK! :)

2paw said...

I'm pretty sure I have that book too, though I don't think I'd ever wear the jumper with, it is ring tail possums and apples??? Still, it's nice for reading and I reckon you could use some individual motifs on things!!

Bells said...

truly they were of a certain era weren't they? i can't imagine ever wearing one of those (although the Canberra one is a bit classy!!) but yeah, maybe use the motifs! Nice work!

Roxie said...

What fun, what fun! I can see doing the possums around the neck of a child's jumper. And the opera house worked into a hat? Oh yes!!

MadMad said...

Too cute! I love those little possums!

drkknits said...

ha, fancy finding that now, after we've met her and all. they are really pretty amazing. probably no ribbons for 'traditional' in the Show tho!

Louise said...

What a great find!

1funkyknitwit said...

ahahha... you are a funny Miss jane :D

Having read Kris's comment I'm now dying to see her version with bright red lipstick !

...as for me, never would I wear one but like you say I too think they have a place incorporated into something.
I do however love splash of colour even if it is a bit much and I also can't deny the talent that Liz has in designing.

knitabulous said...

Score!

I think they would win in the intarsia category even in 2011 at the RAS.

Very Kath and Kim - can't you see Kell in the Canberra sweater?

(I couldn't work out what the TAS ringtailed possums were - all I could see were rats.)

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

Wish I had that book in my library! I love Intarsia knitting and those sweaters are delightful!
I enjoyed visiting your blog this morning from California.

yoel said...

How fun! It would be great to incorporate one or two of the patterns into a sweater or hat. The allover effect is overwhelming though :)

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing the patterns - they look very interesting. Wonder what's the design for WA?

michele said...

wow those are very cool in that 80's way. and i agree with you - some of those motifs transferred to something else - humm i was thinking mittens but i guess you don't need mittens too much - anyway the motifs translated to something other than a sweater would be wonderful.

Caffeine Girl said...

What an amazing book. I love these colorful sweaters, and would wear any of them proudly, not withstanding the 80s look! I can see that the motifs would be fun to adapt to other projects.

Donna Lee said...

They are bright and loud but also wonderful. I love the opera house motif! What a cool thing to have on a hat/ mittens or even the ends of a scarf.

sapphireblue said...

You could see those in a dark room.

del said...

I am actually loving the colorwork, hee hee. Reminds me of those old Bill Cosby sweaters.

Marion said...
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Marion said...

Have always thought of these designs as a cross between Jenny Kee and Ken Done...
Bought this book years ago... Am I showing my age?

Probably Jane said...

I've got that book too - and I also vaguely remember promising to make my friend Leon the vest with five different species of cockatoos on it - one day.... although he declares that wearing red lipstick with it is out of the question. Spoilsport.

Heather Honey said...

Just stumbled upon this website by accident.
Yes, I bought this book, and Woolly Jumpers when they first came out.
I made many of the jumpers in it, including the Sydney jumper, that I wore to work yesterday.
Alas, the other jumpers I gave to the op shop when my now husband and I first moved in together. He convinced me that I'd probably, in all truth, never be able to fit into them again, but I kept the Sydney jumper as a keepsake: also the degree of difficulty of it, being knitted in one piece on circular needles.
Wish I'd have kept the rest....I now want to go out and get some wool to knit them again...but can you get all those lovely textured wools like we used to? I made the possum jumper as well, and used all different textured wools: it was a real art work in the end.