Anyway - the book. It's called 'The Greenock Handbook of Knitting & Crocheting', produced by the Scotch Wool & Hosiery Stores, of which there were over 400 branches in the UK, including 20 in Glasgow alone. I found this image of their Inverness Store in the 1930s on the Highland Council's website here
Doesn't it look amazing? You can also see their shop on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow here. I'm really jealous that there were shops like this all over the country. Incidentally if you're interested in looking at Glasgow shop fronts from the past, the Virtual Mitchell Library website is well worth checking out. I looked up some of the addresses of the Glasgow shops given in the book but frustratingly most of the photos seem to have just part of the sign of the shop I'm looking for, typically.
The book contains patterns for everyday items and accessories like socks and scarves but there are some interesting and unusual pieces too. I'm guessing it's probably from the 1930s or thereabouts.
I've not seen anything like these palmless mittens before - Any ideas of the advantage of being palmless?! I think they look pretty good in any case.
These elegant gloves look like a LOT of fiddly work;
This looks really cosy. I think someone should bring the balaclava back into fashion. I don't have the confidence to try, but someone else definitely should...
Knitted knee covers! Again, odd but cosy.
This large rug looks lovely, and the pattern includes a note to say that you can bring your finished item to the store to have it brushed - I wonder if this service is still available anywhere these days?
This vest is pretty;
Tea cosies are pretty common in vintage pattern terms, but a teapot nest?! Never seen one before. Each of the cosies also has half a china figurine attached (it's listed in the pattern) so it looks like a lady's skirt, just like those classic and tacky toilet roll covers
And finally, ta dah!
I presume that these would have been worn over pants, for warmth, rather than next to the skin, just like gym knickers. (Tell me someone else had to wear these hideous items at school!) Surely they'd have been too itchy to be worn as normal pants, but I'd love to find out some more about them.
In other news, my Advance dress is nearly finished! Just a bit of hand sewing to do and it will be complete on schedule for my birthday.