It would appear that there is a renewed interest in knitting over the last couple of years. When I was young I was a great knitter. One time I went to visit my brother we had been there a little while when he leaned over and said "Are you alright?" "Yes, I'm fine " I replied "Why". "Well you've been here ten minutes and you haven't got your knitting out yet, so I thought perhaps you weren't well" !!!
But it was true, I was never without a piece of knitting and Saturday evenings weren't the same if I didn't have a new project.Shawls, baby clothes, a flower power jacket in the 60w, always something on the go. Some years later I knitted an aran sweater for my daughter in a weekend and had tennis(knitters)elbow as a result and since then have done vey little.
I was just browsing the V&A site, (the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is a wonderful treasure house of fine arts and fashion.)and I came across this section in which they have published free patterns from the 1940's. Who remembers socks knitted on 4 (often slightly rusty)steel needles?
My picture is from "THe Needlewoman" at a slightly later date that the patterns at the V&A.