We’re back in 1981 for the third time since I started this project a year ago. Ronald Regan is president. Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen got married. The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the first time and the Brixton riots began.
In April of 1981 we celebrated Easter at my grandparents’ house with two of my cousins. I think I’m the only one wearing jeans instead of a dress in this photo. I still have the crewel work that’s hanging on the wall behind us.
I distinctly remember hearing Rapture by Blondie in my grandmother’s kitchen because it seemed so out of place. Here are some of the other songs on the top 40 that month.
On the fiction best seller list The Covenant was finally edged out of first place after being there for at least four months. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith moved into first place and stayed there for two weeks.
The non-fiction best seller list has some interesting selections; Never-Say-Diet-Book by Richard Simmons was at the top of the list, All You Need to Know About The IRS was number nine and Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook was number twelve.
The April 1981 Workbasket has five crochet patterns. I ruled out three of them:
This month you will choose between the Happy Hippo and the Cardigan with a Twist:
What do you think? Should I make the Hippo or the Cardigan?
Next week: April is this blog's one year anniversary! Next week I’m going to start giving away some of the things I made over the last year. Check back to see how to win and what I'm giving away!
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns. I'm a member of Crochet Twin Cities, the local Crochet Guild.