- A booklet from 1976 filled with knitting projects – mostly big bulky sweaters and a few actual coats
- Ladies Home Journal Needle & Craft magazine from 1974, which has knitting, crochet and sewing projects inside
I’m not sure what made her think of me with these things – I am not exactly Retro Girl – but it was strangely serendipitous that she would find these books at roughly the same time that I was on vacation in Massachusetts discovering another priceless gem from the 1970’s.
If the book I found gave you a scary glimpse into retro Home Decor, these magazines should be considered the Ladies’ Apparel counterparts.
Take, for example, this lovely sweater. Crafted in only the brightest colors of the most synthetic fibers available, this garment should be required wearing for crossing guards everywhere.
Crocheted bikini, anyone? Holy lack-of-support, Batman!
Ok, I have to admit here that I would totally wear nearly every piece in this spread. I think I may even feel the “l-word” coming on. Why, yes. There it is –> I love this outfit! >gasp<
I should qualify that. I’d totally wear the main outfit on the left out in public, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in that (or any other) 2-piece bathing suit. The rest of the selections would make great loungewear, don’t you think?
Honestly, I’m so surprised to see something I consider wearable on these pages, I almost forgot I was looking at a magazine from 1976. Let’s turn the page, shall we?
Whoa! There’s no making that mistake again.
It’s such a kick to flip through these old pages and see what life looked like back then. Even those of us old enough to remember those days don’t always remember the details of the polyester pantsuits our mothers were wearing and the shag rugs we were sitting on while we chronologically sorted our Barry Manilow record collections.
Ahem. I never did that.
Anyway… Who wants to have a deliciously dated giveaway?
I’ve had my fun (my heartfelt thanks to Mama Sumatra!) and I am ready for someone else to get a chuckle out of these two books, and the Sewing for Your Home book, too. And you know, maybe you can even pull out that orlon/antron blend fashion yarn you tucked away for a rainy day, and knit yourself a sweater coat. You never know…
I’ll throw in a snazzy Polka Dot Cottage tote bag to seal the deal. It’s nice and roomy. I use them for my food shopping all the time, but you can carry around your macrame plant-hangers in-progress, too, if you so choose.
Just leave a comment on this post, and share with me a memory of your childhood. There’s a catch, though. It has to be a very dated memory. In other words, don’t tell me about how you walked to school every day; tell me how you walked to school every day in the 80’s wearing your pink legwarmers.
Tell me how you cried the day your three-year-old neighbor pulled the guts out of your Barry Manilow Live 8-track*, and how disappointed you were when her mother replaced it with an 8-track of Barry Manilow II, because you already had that on vinyl.
Ahem. That never happened either.
You get what I mean, right? Ok, then. I’m looking forward to hearing some great stories! I’ll choose a random winner on Monday sometime.
* OMG it’s available on CD now! Where’d I put that credit card…