But I digress. Joyce James, who guides tours through Scotland and is an avid knitter, gave references here about old knitting books and says, in part:
I've just had a cursory look through some of the pages and it's interesting to read about the knitting techniques, vocabulary and patterns and how they have changed. Which is not surprising considering how far back the collection stretches. Who knits a "Sontag" or "Cephaline" anymore? (From the 1844 issue of My Knitting Book.)
Another book, printed by The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, titled Helping the Trawlers and dated 1800, has a long list of patrons and vice-patrons. In addition to patterns for clothing to help seamen withstand the harsh weather on open ships, there is a section for donations to Labrador.here for Digital Resources from the Knitting Reference Library WSA. It has books from the early 1800's.
And as far as references for household management, you just cannot beat the Mrs. Beaton's Book of Household Management (free on Kindle).
The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table Etiquette, Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts ... [free Kindle Edition] is a real look into the White House management from the 1800's.
It was not a simple life.
This is what I just finished knitting after perusing old references on knitting: baby booties with the free pattern found here.
Mrs. Mouse made a great photo opportunity with the booties.
Some things from the past just cannot be replicated.