One of the best things about the southern Missouri area is all the small town festivals during the fall. It seems like nearly every town has one at some point, and the themes range from Cider Days to Turkey Trot to today's festival, Apple Butter Makin' Days!
Apple Butter Makin' Days far exceeded my expectations. Located in Mount Vernon, Missouri (a town I have never felt the need to visit until now), it was actually a large, fantastic festival! It had lots of delicious food, live music, and a huge array of hand-made, quality items. I judge festivals by food and crafts, basically, and I was pleased to find the crafts here were unique, really artistic, and creative. It was fun to walk around and look at everything, even though it was doing a strange, cold, misty-rain thing on and off throughout the day.
One of my favorite things was the car show. I've gone to a bunch (my dad's family is very into this sort of thing), and I enjoy them. I know very little about the cars ("Ooo, that one's engine is... so shiny..."), but I still like looking at them! This is the BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL late 1940s pickup I liked best and picked out for myself to have. In my imaginary world. (Actually, I'd like an earlier model, but this one was my favorite at the show there!)
Jacob got some candied nuts to munch on the whole time, and he was perfectly happy. That seems to be the consistent part that all the men I know especially enjoy at these events.
Outfit Details (Sweater knitting details at the bottom)
blouse: handmade by me, Simplicity 4762
skirt: vintage 1950s
sweater: vintage 1950s, found in a flea market
shoes: Naya brand
pants: handmade by me, Simplicity 4362
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Yarn: 100% wool, "Wool of the Andes" Worsted yarn in "Evergreen" (I used a little over 5 skeins, I believe)
Pattern: Sunglo 57, Patriot Pullover No. 2652
Year: early 1940s
How historically accurate is it? Extremely! I didn't change a thing from what the pattern called for.
Any tricky parts to the pattern? This was my first time doing a cable knit, so I almost gave up knitting after trying a few times... then realized I wrote the pattern down wrong. But that's not the pattern's fault.
Did you change anything? I used circular needles to knit a ribbed band around the armholes instead of the DC trim the pattern called for.
Time to complete: I just don't count hours when knitting. Too depressing.
First worn: October 2014
Total cost: yarn = around $30
Notes: I really like this pattern. I'd recommend an extremely loose cast off method if you decide to knit around the armholes like I did, or to just go with the DC called for. My armholes are a little tight with a blouse underneath.