I went over to Mom’s house the other day, and on a whim we started looking through her books. I came home with a small box of curiosities.
Knitting Techniques and Projects from Sunset Books came out in 1976. We’re not sure why Mom owns it, since she never knitted, as far as I remember. The techniques section is a good basic tutorial on how to get started. But did we ever really dress like this?
And did anyone ever knit herself a bikini? One can only imagine what happens when that knitting hits the water…
I wonder if today’s fashions will look this dated to us in 40 years. On the other hand, there are classics like these two pillows. The gnarly cabled one is by Elizabeth Zimmermann (I’m guessing it’s her, although the credit spells it Zimmerman), and the striped one is by Mary Walker Phillips.
And these hats by Barbara Walker would be very current today, in a different color palette.
Are you diggin’ it? I think the book’s a keeper! The other thing I found was this:
Remember K-tel? And Ronco? Oh, yeah, as seen on TV. Let’s get a closer look at that outfit on the box:
Hot pants! And this outfit is also featured on the box:
I checked out the instructions, and it looks like it’s just glorified crocheting, except you don’t have to control the yarn separately. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t just use a crochet hook. But there you have it.
What’s in your attic? Time for a treasure hunt!