I mastered Simpsonization in the end. In my first attempt I was offering pictures of too low resolution, and the second time I put the camera all the way up to maximum-pixel and that was rejected too. On the third attempt, Goldilocks-fashion, I got it right. Here’s Archie, before and after. The background has been Springfieldized – an optional extra.
Not terribly impressive, but he's delighted. I've done his brothers, too.
I’m somewhere in row 15 of the Princess shawl insertion, so relieved that my messing about, a few rows back, hasn’t ruined it altogether, that even an endless row of YO, k2tog seems pleasant.
Ann, welcome aboard. VKB is “Vogue Knitting Book” – I’m sorry to have seemed mysterious. It’s the original series I’m after. It was a British magazine – it began publishing in the early 30’s and carried on right through the war, until the late 60’s. A parallel American publication started sometime in the 40’s, with considerable pattern overlap.
Then there were a few empty years, I think – one day, I must get all this straight – before the current, thoroughly American, Vogue Knitting International rose from the ashes.
Since discovering eBay over a year ago, I’ve been able to expand my original collection, bought from the newsstands in my early married years, to the point where I now have all but 10 of them. Not long ago, my “killer bid” was about £55. There was a sudden spate of them on offer earlier this year, when I upped the killer bid to £80-something.
The most I’ve ever actually paid was £63.87 and £63.89 for issues no. 5 and 7. Even £80 is less than the prices fetched in America this month for no. 8 and no. 3. But I decided yesterday to tighten the belt and go on. They’re likely to hold most of their value. I can always flog ‘em.