My persistence in learning the language of my adoptive country has a surprising reward; a treasure trove of hand knitting patterns previously unintelligible to me can be explored. To the hubby's dismay my knitting library is expanding with musty, old, antique patterns. And since knitting is certainly not as hot in Holland as it is in England and the US, I'm picking up some gorgeous antique pattern books for a song. Or perhaps I'm just a knitting nut and nobody else wants these dusty old pages.
Winding it's way to me by post now is "Manual in Women's Crafts - Instruction in Knitting" "with more than 120 illustrations between the text". It doesn't have a printing date, but I'm guessing around 1895-6.
Hmmm... I see some research into the social history of knitting in Holland in my future.