Monday, January 11, 2010

I Most Certainly Did Not

Surely Not, Madam.

Behold the cover of just one of a short stack of such publications that I received with great joy on Christmas Day. I think we may need to take a little wander through them together. What do you say?

121 comments:

nosenabook said...

OMG!!!
I mean, yessir!

Anonymous said...

well - yea

But - WHO gave them to you?
margieinmaryland

Victoria said...

I think someone was confused by what you mean when you say "I like antique knitting patterns."

I got a few of those just like that for Christmas too. Should be fun to see if yours are as awful as mine...

ten said...

It's the same addiction as yard sales - the conviction that somewhere in there is a priceless gem (or at least something that looks both knittable and wearable). Can't wait to see what's inside.

Roadchick said...

YOU asked for these . . .

well, the granny square housecoat, not so much.

I do believe that my mother has that doily, tri-colored pansies and all, lovingly crocheted by 'Cousin Alvira who's dead'. (Why my mother always refers to her like that, I'm sure I'll never know but it is kind of snappy.)

The Christmas ornaments - possibly.

Can't wait to see what the rest of the stack brings!

PennyG said...

I'm sure my mother made that pansy doily over sixty years ago! I remember it on her dresser when I was a little girl.

Corbie said...

Oh, ye gods! The flashbacks! The flashbacks are starting!!! Arrrrrggghh!

Ahem...of course! How delightful! Thank you so much for asking.

Jeremy said...

Sweet glittery Jebus. That looks FABULOUS. OMG!

Liz said...

More, please. As the owner of a full set of Golden Hands partworks (c. 1973) I think I can take it...

(Verification word: caturb. I'd like to see what ISAHAC would make of that.)

Anonymous said...

OMGOSH! I'll match your pile, and raise you another pile. I love those magazines and instruction sheets.

Are you planning on tweaking some of the patterns so that they're more this century?

Mary said...

I think the thirty-five cent price tag is a little steep.

Anonymous said...

heck yeah; i have tons of them; so show us your all!

marie in florida

Meredith said...

Ooh! I especially like the pansy doily (it's one of my all-time favorite doilies - I wonder what it says that I have favorite doilies). Anyway, looks like fun!

Andrew said...

YES YES YES BRING IT

I mean, it seems like the makings of a knitting version of the Weight Watchers recipe-card review, and how can that be wrong? If it is, I don't want you to be right.

revl said...

I (double dog) DARE you to show up at your next speaking engagement in that granny square housecoat complete with snazzy hairdo >;)

Gerri said...

I haven't thought about my great-Aunt Birch in awhile. The pansy doily brought her to mind. Thanks.

Seanna Lea said...

OMFG is right!

kmkat said...

That pansy-edged doily? I grew up with that on top of the stereo.

Rainy Daisy said...

oh yes please, sir.

hokgardner said...

Oh yes please!

Mel said...

Y!E!S!

*snort* My verification "word" for this is "manho". Seriously.

la takahashi said...

oh yeah.

anne marie in philly said...

OMFG is correct! 70s style shiz!

yeah, let's all take a peek under the covers...

Mary said...

I have a big stack of my grandmother's "Workbaskets". I pull them out every once in a while because ... well.. styles come and go. I always think these are better gone, but can't bring myself to throw away my grandmother's patterns.

They're in the music cabinet, along with a big stack of turn of the century sheet music... :)

Shelda said...

Oh, I can hardly wait!

The Knifty Knitter said...

I *cannot wait* to hear what you have to say about these...

meezermeowmy said...

But those are crochet patterns. Not antique knitting at all...but interesting, very interesting...as Artie Johnson used to say.

Sarah said...

I can practically feel that housecoat's itchy acrylic yarn on my skin. It's that powerful. Brrrrrr. Bring it on!

Jody said...

how is it that you disappear for weeks, MONTHS at a time and then reappear and we all pretend that we didn't miss the crap outta you? Huh!!

Riin said...

Wow. I can't even tell if that's a real woman on the cover, or a mannequin.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

Oh yeah, take us on a TOUR! Have you seen "Gentlemen Prefer"? I blathered about it (pictures too) some time ago. I think it's my favorite of all of them.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

Here, http://knitnzu.com/?p=272, for your entertainment... G is for Gentlemen...

Kathy said...

I dare you to make that housecoat thing.

dale-harriet said...

Revl...granny-square housecoat, yeah. But Franklin---with a snazzy hairdo? Nawww, don't go there.

Franklin, yes plz. What a hoot. I have to say, though, I have some doilies (cherished) done by my MIL of blessed memory, and one of my bestest friends still makes those. Anachronistic? maybe, but they are beautiful. (My "word" is "cidist" -- I've been called worse.)

KatyaR said...

Okay, I'm hanging my head in shame--I actually kinda like the granny-square jacket . . . I've always had a fondness for the squares because they're about the only thing I can crochet any more.

Years ago, one of those magazines had a pattern for a granny-square lining in a denim jacket. I still think that would look cute.

I'll go hide now . . . .

Ariadne said...

I'm picturing Dolores in that granny square jacket...

Rox said...

We could play a little pattern poker. I see your granny square housecoat and raise you the yellow acrylic knickers in the stack of patterns I inherited from my grandma.

FiberQat said...

I'll bet that coat squeaks like nothing else in Red Heart. Can't wait to see more.

Ellen said...

Some things were best left in the 70's...

Marita said...

So wonderful. I must get a shot of the neon orange poodle bottle holder that my dad inherited from his grandmother. I inherited the pattern. wOOt

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

At the LYS where I work, we collect these gems and hang them up in the store bathroom (which is public, so they get a LOT of comments)

Marcela said...

Yes, please!

Jessica said...

I will only go along with this if you show closeups of the freaky red santa thing under the tree.

Jen M said...

I think I will need a cocktail first, then fire away!!

=Tamar said...

I knew a woman who looked like that.
I kinda like the pansy doily, but I don't crochet. There must be something in there that's knitted.

Beverly said...

Sounds like a plan! I think my grandma had that EXACT doily with the pansy edging on her living room table.

Anonymous said...

well, yeah! (says the one who collects old better homes and gardens cookbooks- where else do you get a recipe for "perfection" salad? ewwwwww!)

JelliDonut said...

OMFG! We had the pansy doily on top of the stereo too! And on top of the round speakers. Awesome! I might have to ask my mom if I can have them.

soxanne said...

Oh what wonderous things to look forward to!

I can't wait...

Anonymous said...

I keep clicking and clicking on the front, and it doesn't open! So I eagerly await the wandering through them, all of us together.

Leslie said...

Ohhh, the pansy doilies. I collect them and have probably 15 by now. One was done in muted purples and golds and it is the most lovely thing. Looks very vintage, which it is, but much more so than the ones done in brighter colors. I've made a zillion of those crocheted pansies for swaps and little gifts but never made the whole doily.

Carol said...

arrgh! But, please, go ahead and do so. I could use a few chuckles.

Paisley said...

Awful can be so alarmingly wonderful. Please Sir, share some more.

Bobbi said...

Can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, yes, yes! One of the great joys of visiting remote wilderness cabins in Alaska is (yes) reading the old magazines that were left behind from the 20s/30s/40s, etc. Love them!

Leigh Witchel said...

I most certainly DID ask for the fabulous Granny Square lounging kimono thankyouverymuch. And I'm going to wear mine with the same shade of coral frost lipstick and Laura Petrie hairdo.

Dana KBS said...

"You asked for it" seems rather menacing instead of generous. But 35 cents!? Can't wait to peek inside.

Sharon said...

I'm wondering how many pansy doilies were made in total. Quite a few were lurking in the homes of my relations years ago.

PICAdrienne said...

Oh, I think peeking at those with you would be a lot of fun. Besides, that might inspire you to post more frequently, as I love reading your posts.

Hmm, my word is actually a word, and it is something that varies widely, tastes, as some people may actually find the granny square jacket to their taste.

Anonymous, too said...

Scary . . .very scary. . .Caron Yarns' Simply Soft web site has a pattern that looks like a direct descendant of the one on that booklet:

http://www.caron.com/projects/br/BR7_granny_jacket.html

sue said...

Can't wait!

catrionah said...

Wow...is this Dolores' idea of a Christmas present?

Rachel said...

The doily doesn't look so bad, but the red santa is scary!

SusieQ100 said...

Yeee gods!!!

sarah said...

absolutement

Rabbitch said...

Nom. You show me yours and I'll show you mine! You absolutely HAVE to come over and see my collection of vintage GAH patterns. I think they're all in about a size 2 (and you've met me, although I'm not large I am NOT a size 2) and most involve some sort of atrocity. I know you're a little far away just to pop over, but I have plans, dear heart. Plans.

Gotta Knit! said...

That is truly frightening.

Ivywindow said...

hell yes! In fact I NEED the recipe for that coat. So stylish! :D

junior_goddess said...

Um, guess what? (That's right!) Chicken butt!

Someone made the effort. Let's have fun with it!

rosesmama said...

yes, please.

my word verification was rismom

Anonymous said...

they are only 35 cents a book

there is no cent key on the keyboard!

Benita said...

Yes, please!!!

Kelly said...

If that one is Christmas ornaments on the tree I may just have to stalk you down and steal it.

I love classic, often tacky, crafting (knitting and crochet, mostly) pattern books! Do share!

Harpa Jónsdóttir said...

Oh yes!

My aunt had that exact doily.

Winterhart said...

Hmmm... well, maybe Cate Blanchett asked for that housecoat..!

Toni said...

Does anyone find it scary thinking about what future crafters will say about our popular items?

LaurieM said...

My mom made that orange and purple pansy doily. I wonder if she still has it...

Stephanie said...

Mon ami, I send you short email. You receive?

Lon said...

Yesyesyes! Pleeease!

Barb B. said...

Yup. We do. Shades of my childhood!

Simone said...

Absolutely, I can't wait

Sue J said...

I have that doilie!!!
My mother-in-laws mother made it and my sister-in-law had it framed. it's actually kinda pretty
Frankilin..........you'd look wonderful in that sweater!

LauraJ said...

Dolores. In the housecoat.

Katness said...

I love the angry, red-faced Santa under the tree. Gorgeous.

My verifier word is kedingu. As in, "A kedingu ate my baby!" Seriously, Franklin, do you pick these words yourself?

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! Your peeps sure love u. Share pics, pls

Nancy said...

I can't quite tell - is that a real woman or a Barbie doll?

katerina said...

Love it! Can't wait to see what you find - I'm betting there are some real gems in there!

Julie said...

I can't wait! :-)

Karen said...

Sweet Sassafras! My mother in law has that exact doily (only it's much larger) smack dab center on her dining room table!

Virginia said...

I just received something very similar in the mail. "Golden Hands," a British needlecrafts magazine. It has appropriately creepy 70s photos. I LOVE them.

Kristen said...

Oh my dear lord. {clutches pearls}

knit happens said...

Where can I get that granny square housecoat pattern? Seriously! I love it!

Crochetist said...

Absolutely!! This should be fun.

AnneMarie said...

Please sir, may I have another?

I received the Stitchy McYarnpants book myself this year. You will have to write your own snippy comments, but I think you are up to it.

Anonymous said...

Yes! And another vote for Dolores in the housecoat.

(My word is spinesti!)

Knittease said...

Can't wait!!!

Peggy said...

Great plan! I thoroughly enjoyed studying the vintage patterns you have critiqued and translated thus far. This "new" stack will be a trip down memory lane for many of us (and surely you'll be gentle).

This could become your next book. Yarn over...

mary lee said...

Lead the way.

Sara in WI said...

I'm ready!!

Holli said...

yes, Yes, YES!!!

peony said...

Me neither.
Though my tree has a knitted star as a topper :-)

jamesdotca said...

Sir yes Sir, indeed! Your scanner is going to be busy!

Anonymous said...

oh.yes.please! (as she wipes away tears and tries not to laugh out loud while her students take a test) konna in ecuador

Erin said...

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Lynn said...

That cover shot is taking me back to high school days. *Love* the pansy doily; pansies are my favorite flower. Oh dear, I am now visualizing granny squares out of the Malabrigo leftover from my Autumn Asters sweater... my word verification is "bandubb"; why am I suddenly mindful of MilliVanilli?

ali said...

Oh joy. We shall explore the 60s and 70s together. Better than when I lived them.

Lead on Oh Fearless One [with Delores as our guide]

Suna said...

I have the bottom left item that someone made me. I cannot wait to see what your stack will bring us!

Alwen said...

A black wig with a flip! OMFG indeed.

Laura47 said...

Oh, my. I feel faint. I'm having memories of crocheting doilies like this for my grandmother back in my days before bifocals, using fine crochet thread and size 12 steel needles. She loved them...in fact, I just stumbled across one recently that was caught in the drawer of what used to be her nightstand. Of course, she was 100 at the time...

Now I can't wait to see what else you unearth!

Deb said...

I collect old Star and other crochet thread pattern books. And old knitting pattern books. They cant be beat for baby patterns and the odd sock pattern or mitten pattern. And the lovely old doilies!

Of course, you have to get past the ugly colors and the scary hairdos.

Deb in Wis

DorisM said...

OMG! Bring it on...it's like stepping back in time and remembering my schoolmates wearing granny-square pullover vests, shag haircuts and bellbottom pants. Red Heart was king back then. Ick.

JackieG said...

Wheee! Yes, please!

Anonymous said...

If I had been aware of their existence, yes I would have asked for these gems.

LaurainOregon

Anonymous said...

Boy, that takes me back. I had a biology teacher in high school who wore a granny square vest, with lacing up the side seams, a bow tie in his collar, and a goutee. Even in 1973 he looked eccentric.

Leah

cdnbull said...

Franklin,
I have that doily, exactly that doily, made by my grandmother.
Thanks for sharing.

Lisaduzhair said...

Seriously, my mother made the doily on the left. Yes she did, we had doilys and granny square couch and footstool cover in my living room. Soooo seventies!!

ellen in indy said...

slorksph!!

that's both my verification word and the noise that came out my mouth and nose as i saw your xmas treasure! you absolutely must show more of these period pieces.

quoting from tom lehrer's song "smut," which predates the patterns a decade or so, "more! more! i'm still not satisfied!"

Cat Humphreys said...

I have 4 boxes of these that I have inherited from the step-mother-in-law and my grandmother has many boxes of them that I will be getting eventually. I feel your pain, but I just can't bring myself to get rid of them.

Peg said...

Last Sunday, I was shopping at the Oakland Museum of California's White Elephant Sale. There in all its glory and costing on 10 cents was this magazine. I was able to resist the siren call. There were many more.

woolywoman said...

Franklin- I have a milk crate full of said publications- Workbasket 1950s-1980s- staring up at me from my garage floor. Really. If you-or any of your mad, mad friends- want them you need only speak.

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