Vintage knit

This is a lovely couple – the year is 1947.

ben and Bonny  at train station 1947

They are young, and gorgeous. But they don’t look all that happy – you see, the girl, Bonny, is headed on a train trip with her grandmother, who is scheming to separate the young couple because this young man, Ben – well, he’s a “catch” — handsome, from a good family, with a job in the family business. Grandmother thinks a little separation will make him move on his intentions.

The dress – that is a hand-knit dress, custom-knit for the girl by her grandmother. And you know what? Bonny still owns that dress more than 60-odd years later. See?

Knitted dresses

This is well-knit – you can see that the knitter planned her pleats well.
Knitted dresses

Her waist treatment is pretty ingenious – all you have to do to keep it working is replace the elastic, which probably has happened in the last 60 years.
Knitted dresses

She also added in some cable-ribbing at the shoulders. Still looks great.
Knitted dresses

And those buttons are lovely.
Knitted dresses

There’s another dress like it (And a skirt too – but it’s black and doesn’t photograph very well):
Knitted dresses
Knitted dresses
Knitted dresses

The fiber is wool – probably some kind of bouclĂ© yarn, by the feel of it. The dresses and skirt have stretched a bit, but they are still wearable! I am so impressed with the knitter, and the recipient for saving them all these years. Bonny gave her grandmother’s knitting needles to her niece recently – apparently they were made of bone!

And how about that couple – well, on the way back West, Ben and his father met Bonny and her grandmother in Arizona – no waiting until they got back to Pasadena. Grandmother’s scheming worked! By Easter they were engaged:
ben and bonny Easter Sunday 1947-2

They married, raised three children, had numerous grandchildren, and now a great grandchild, Myles:

Myles

Ben died last year at the age of 91 – he and my mom were birthday twins who celebrated their birthdays each year. He was a grand man. And Bonny is still a lovely woman, who can still wear the black skirt and one of the dresses. Because that’s how handknits knit with such love should be treated.

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