I don't know about you but I sometimes wish I lived in the heyday of knitting - the 40's. On the other hand that pesky war and the fact that penicillin wasn't really on free flow the way it is today is somewhat offputting to time travel!
That said, if you like the old time knits, check out the Victoria and Albert Museum website (yes, old Vicky has her own museum in London!) - they have some fab patterns there for socks, balaclavas, mittens, gloves, super long men's socks and those fab turbans that British women used to wear - I just love them!
and click on 1940's patterns to knit.