Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dang It

Why do they always put the mailing label over the best part of the cover?

Rhapsody in Blue

59 comments:

Leslie said...

What the heck is that thing? A toilet seat cover???

Kathleen said...

The pullover floats? (What does "seaworthy" mean to you?)

brandilion said...

OH! I wanna see the sea worthy pullover!

Caralyn said...

I'm just relieved they didn't cover up the bit about the Tempting Tuna Dishes.

JelliDonut said...

It that the prototype for the original frisbee? A cover for Costco-size cans of tuna?

Liz said...

Actually, I'm slightly terrified by the idea of tempting tuna dishes. Reminds me of a sign I saw in a Woolworth's cafe years ago. It was for a dish called "Tuna Surprise". I always wondered if the surprise was that there was no tuna in the dish!

ellenspn said...

Believe me, you didn't miss much.

Christine said...

Why are there tuna recipes in an arts & crafts magazine?

RagdollDesigns said...

ok - I can't see Flickr at work - you actually forced me to go to my iPhone to look! You are a very bad influence Franklin!

=Tamar said...

It's a plot to make you actually open the magazine.

Eileen said...

I have quite a stack of late 40s and early 50s issues of Workbasket.

It had more (and better) recipes than patterns, as a rule.

But oh-oh-oh, the 80s. They never WILL die, will they? 8-o

Geek Knitter said...

I want the tuna recipe!

Kristen said...

I don't want to know what Tempting Tuna Dishes are—especially if they are anything like the tuna + cream of chicken soup + egg noodles casseroles my mother subjected us to regularly in the 70s and 80s.

That think the mailing label is covering must be the original version of a pouf.

Anonymous said...

You may laugh, but I copied the instructions for Kitchener stitch from a Workbasket, and laminated them, and folded them into my toolbox, and followed them any time I needed to, and now I don't need directions anymore!

hokgardner said...

I dunno - I think the best part is her hair.

anne marie in philly said...

sometimes you can peel those stupid labels off to uncover the fug underneath.

but, in this case, I'll make an exception!

Victoria said...

At least you can still make the tempting tuna recipes!

Abbeysmum said...

There are no rings on the wedding band finger, so she probably totes the small cushion with her on the chance someone may feel the need to go down, on one knee, and ask.

Lisa said...

Oh, yes...the hair...looks DISTINCTLY like Wonder Woman's alias...Diana..???...Prince...!!

chellebelle said...

My husband was garage saleing and came across a box of workbaskets from the late 1950's to the early 1980's, all of them, and he called and asked me if I wanted them, they sold the whole box to him for $ 5.00..That's right, I said FIVE. I had more fun looking at those.. Interesting to know that the "Lose Weight or lose your husband" ads were going on until the 1980's Humm.

lulubelle said...

I was soooooooo expecting the mailing label someplace else...

Virginia said...

I like the "Seaworthy Pullover" part. Does that mean it'll float? Can you cross the Atlantic in it? :)

The Knifty Knitter said...

I think that's a cheese wheel cover.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I know! I know! What she is holding is a GIANT green sea urchin test (like a shell, but it's from the inside... and did you know, the creature has the LONGEST latin name on record, Strongylocentrotus drobachiensis, rolls off the tongue, eh?) stuffed with tuna.

FiberQat said...

I didn't know that cooking was up there in the fiber arts. Unless the tuna dishes are made with bran flakes and prunes.

Marcy said...

She knit a giant sand dollar?

delaido said...

So true! (And the best laugh I've had today, thanks!)

Anonymous, too said...

"Tempting Tuna Dishes"? Isn't that an oxymoron?

"Tbe Workbasket", on the other hand, would make a great name for a very butch LYS on Halstead or in the Castro.

Maybe it's fitting that my word verification is "roxan". Guess that means I don't have to put on the red light. . . .;-)!

Anonymous said...

tempting tuna dishes???

watiogi??????????? is this a word?

sarah said...

That's the tempting tuna dish, right? Hold it out like that over the ocean and tuna will be tempted to just jump right in.

A friend's teenage daughter has just discovered the drawers of sweaters my friend knitted in the 1980s. Apparently the disbelief was almost strong enough to make them dematerialise.

sarah said...

That's the tempting tuna dish, right? Hold it out like that over the ocean and tuna will be tempted to just jump right in.

A friend's teenage daughter has just discovered the drawers of sweaters my friend knitted in the 1980s. Apparently the disbelief was almost strong enough to make them dematerialise.

Seanna Lea said...

I think the mailing label makes it easier for us to imagine the worst!

Miss Sandra said...

Good grief. What a blast from the past. Mom subscribed to this little magazine. I'd forgotten all about it.

Holli said...

Oh my, I know I'll be trussed to the front of the ship, but I love that sweater! Can I get the pattern from you, Franklin? Pleeease?

Lesley said...

I'm confused. Are the tempting tuna dishes knitted or crocheted? Because I don't know how to crochet.

Senora Fuerte said...

Imagine what the tuna would do to the other stuff in your workbasket...

The fairisle work around the door IS impressive, you must admit.

Shelda said...

How tempting are the tuna dishes? Really?

Anonymous said...

Are you planning on trying out the tuna casserole recipes?

la takahashi said...

I so want to create tempting tuna dishes! Yes I do!

Guin said...

Holeeee crap. These are a treasure trove. My grandma gave me a huge box of these "Workbaskets", probably 20 years' worth, before she died. They are just so ridiculous. And wonderful.

Shay said...

You're having way too much fun with these.

Beth Vincelette said...

I love it!! Personally, I think you have the makings of a new internet knitting-game phenomenon: Name That Decade of Knitting! Maybe a decade is too broad of a time span, but if it was narrowed down to +/- 3 years, I think you might have something. My guess? 1973.

KnittingPuppy said...

While browsing for a complete cover to show you what is obscured, I found a photo of a cranky baby model to rival your baby hat photo.....go see here: http://www.tias.com/11384/PictPage/1922536111.html

Anonymous said...

You seem to like antique patterns - have you seen Mrs Beeton's needlework book, available here as part of the Gutenberg project?

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15147/15147-h/15147-h.htm

Yarnily yours, Hilary

Knitting the Camino said...

The same reason they put the library barcode over the title or interesting bit of a book - because librarians don't think like readers and magazine publishers don't either.

Liz said...

I'd dispute that last comment (as a reader who's a librarian and an ex-publisher!)...

Seaworthy sweater - maybe you can learn to tie many, interesting knots with that I-cord tie at the neck?

Gerri said...

A gansey! Workbasket had gansey patterns! What else would a seaworthy sweater be?

I like thinking about these old mags. I like thinking about all the leagues of folks who have gotten so much pleasure from hand work.

Paris said...

A hair dryer plus a little patience will take that label off. Let's not talk about why I know that.

Anonymous said...

Franklin, you are having WAY too much fun with those old magazines!!

artohline said...

You would think they could invent a smaller or even transparent label.
And I'm pretty sure the tuna smell would get into your stash and stick around for a little too long. A year later you'd pull out a skein of wool from the bottom and get a huge waft of fishy smell.
(my captcha was trobling...a little too close to troubling for my taste!)

Adrienne said...

I didn't know that Julie Hagerty ("Airplane") did modeling. If that is not her, it could be her sister.

BustersDad said...

OMG! I actually recognize that round thing!!! My mother crocheted a round pillow cover. Hers was more of a cream color over a an equally frightening patterned pillow but I would swear that it matches that picture! What a interesting deja vu!

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