Today I'm showing you Knitting for Fun by Diana Biggs. It was printed in 1973 by Octopus Books Limited and appears to be part of a series that also included "Fondue and Table Top Cookery" and "The Complete Book of Crochet."
It doesn't seem to have been reprinted, but if you look online, you can find used copies out there. I bought mine for $1.50 about ten years ago. I don't know where and I only know the price because it is still scrawled on the inside cover, in pencil.
The patterns themselves are, well, dated. They involve a lot of seams and I doubt I will feel a pressing need to make many of them. Many of the best parts of the book are in the very beginning, where a good description of the (old) British needle sizes vs. American needle sizes is charted out. The clip art and drawings in the text are adorable and very clear.
Also, it's interesting to see how much has changed. The horrible list of abbreviations for cabled knitting, in particular, makes me very happy that charts are now more or less the m. o. for presenting those forms of stitches.
Especially if you have a very, very old yarn stash, you might find the chart of yarns interesting. It is provided for exchanging yarns by weight. I knew about Patons and Sirdar yarns. I had never heard of Emu, Lister, Lee Target Motoravia, Mahony, Twilley or Wendy yarns before finding them in this book. That turns out to be mainly my ignorance of British and Australian yarn companies.
As usual with older books, the baby and child patterns are probably the most knittable - or at least the ones you would most like to convert.
Some, like this "battle" top and shorts set (why is it called that?), are perhaps best left to obscurity.
Household items are also pretty timeless, like this string shopping bag.
Overall, I hang onto the book because I think it's cute, it's not very big, and well, I have a hard time letting these things go. It was the first book that I ever saw stockings as something that could be hand-knit. Now we would probably call them knee-socks, or over-the-knee socks, but in any case, they would be quite a stashbuster.