Monday, April 13, 2009

Sweaters and the knit knack....

I hate sweaters.....I love sweaters.........
I hate them because 99.99999% of them are ugly. Like face-thru-a-windshield ugly.
I love them because they can be sexy and have rhinestones.

I look at racks and boxes of sweaters and I think:"I can't believe someone has a job designing this crap."

Therefore, I buy really ugly and really weird sweaters and cut them up or shrink them to make other things from them. It's transformative. It's like Sweater Karma where you go Up the levels of enlightenment....I am a goddess....I control Sweater Lives.

So, I love Mary Maxim graphical sweaters
...they always tell a story...and they are hand knit. I can't knit, so I admire those who do. I can't walk a tightrope, so I admire those who do.........You get my drift.

Mary Maxim produced charts for knitters to follow while knitting...these became very popular in the 50s and 60s.They are not Cowichan sweaters which are made by members of First Nation tribes... the Cowichan band of Coast Salish.
There are also Brown Buffalo Canadian sweaters...but back to Mary Maxim...
Welcome to Mary Maxim…
...the largest mail order merchandiser of exclusive needlework and craft kits in North America now offering secure internet ordering on the world wide web. Mary Maxim began with hand knit designs in the early 1950s. Influenced by the beautiful wildlife in North America, Mary Maxim designed bulky outdoor zippered jackets to knit using the first easy-to-follow graph-style charts created.


Here's some on etsy right now !
a kids fawn sweater (so Bambi!!)

clickable links, and click the pics for a better view......

McYarnpants has a keychain...

Fishing with a creel!
etsy seller yellowdogvintage




Hound Dog...from etsy seller FastEddiesRetroRags.....



Mallards that button (they usually have a big zipper)
from etsy seller vintagerevolver



and this Killing the Pheasant...I love the knitted gun and shells!
from etsy seller VargasVintage.......you have to click her link because the pic is quite large......but it is so worth it........

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