I got a contract to repair a dog-chewed Christmas stocking today. The woman brought it to me, and I had to laugh. It's the 1945 British Ladies' Home Companion pattern that I have previously done about 6 times. Ironically, I had the computer up and was able to pull up my ravelry account and show them to her. The yarn used on hers is far nicer than what I've used. It's either actual wool or red-heart SOCK WEIGHT. It's in remarkable shape. I must admit, when I get old garments to repair, I'm often stunned at the quality of the fibers used...Even the red-heart yarn (did you know that Red Heart also came in REAL WOOL?) acrylic, although harsh, wore like iron.
I love this stuff. Vintage knits fascinate me.