Jimmy Carter is president. We were still heading to the movie theater to see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” that had been released in May. Bestselling fiction included Falconer by John Cheever and The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. I remember The Thorn Birds getting passed around school and town but I don’t remember the Falconer. The non-Fiction bestseller was Your Erroneous Zones by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
The Walt Disney Movie “Rescuers” is released, Wonder Woman was on ABC that summer and the first Apple II went on sale.
Top 40 hits were:
· “Dreams” – Fleetwood Mac
· “Got to Give it up” – Marvin Gaye
· “Feels Like the First Time” – Foreigner
· “Lucille” – Kenny Rogers
· “Jet Airliner” – The Steve Miller Band
· “Heard it in a Love Song” – Marshall Tucker Band
· “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb
· “When I Need You” – Leo Sayer
· “Knowing Me, Knowing You” – ABBA
Workbasket Magazine says sunbonnets are back in for mother and daughter and they had five crochet patterns. This outfit on the cover isn't one of them but it is a great photo of 1977 hair and makeup.
Patterns in this month’s issue include a child’s Vest, a flower motif doily, a hairpin lace stole, a girls dress and a one skein hat.
This month you’ll choose between the One Skein Hat and the Girl's Crochet Dress. Both use worsted weight yarn.
Which one would you like to see made?
This crocheted bag with fringe is one of my favorite patterns so far.
About the pattern:
The bag worked mostly in the round and alternates sections of single crochet and puff stitches. It uses double crochet near the top for the drawstring.
How it went:
This worked up really fast and it’s adorable. There was one abbreviation in the pattern that I’ve never seen before. They used “O” for yarn over when describing how to do the puff stitch. “Ch 2 (count as part of puff st), (O, draw up lp in same sc as last st) twice, O and pull lp through all lps on hook, ch 1 to close puff).
It asked for worsted weight yarn and I used Bernat Home Dec which is a little heavier but still used the J hook they recommended. My gauge was a little bigger than theirs but since it’s a bag sizing isn’t an issue.
I also made a couple of changes as I went along. Since I was using a heavier yarn I didn’t think I needed a double crochet in the drawstring round so I dropped that to a half double crochet and that worked perfectly. Their drawstrings are a row of chains and then a row of single crochet. I like the way slip stitches into a chain look better than the single crochets so I did that instead.
I found a few matching beads in my stash and added a fringe. I didn’t add the last bead trim that they put across the bottom of the bag. With the multi –color yarn and the fringe I didn’t think the extra beads would add much to the finished project.
After I finished the bag I started working on a 1950s style pillbox hat for an upcoming party. So far I've taken it out once and redone it. I'm now considering either starting over and making more changes or trying a completely different hat. I'll give an update on that when it's finished!
The Pinners Conference
The Pinners Conference was May 8-9 in Minnesota this year and it was my first year going. There was a huge variety of classes and booths and it was tons of fun. I bought the VIP ticket which got me into the Thursday night party and unlimited classes on both Friday and Saturday.
The VIP party came with a swag bag that had jewelry, a macramé kit, washi tape, a t-shirt, coupons for the vendors and so much more. They also had great door prizes and there were about 8 vendors that had free make and takes.
There were hour long classes on painting, stamped charm bracelets, signs, hand lettering, wall hangings, bath bombs, cooking, wood block printing, calligraphy, organizing, journaling and lots of sewing classes.
I took classes on soap making, wire wrapped jewelry, hair styling, macramé, leather jewelry and string art.
If you weren’t interested in taking a class, at least half of the booths offered make and takes for a small fee or even free. Goody Beads had lots of different make and takes for $5-$10. Michaels had free pom poms to make.
I made a coaster for $5 on this beautiful refurbished vintage sewing machine. I didn't care that much about the coaster. I just wanted to use the machine!
I made this tile for free at the Pebeo booth. It uses paint that’s meant for glass making.
This clock was made at the Build Bar booth for $15
This make and take was free for VIP ticket holders:
Overall this was a great event. There were a few things that could have been improved.
I'd definitely do this again and with the VIP ticket. It was definitely worth it for me.
The Crochet Bag with Fringe was the winner with 70% of the vote.
I’m going to use Bernat Maker Home Dec in Nautical Variegated. This is a heavier weight than worsted but I think this style of yarn will a good bag.
They list the gauge for this project as 7 single equals 2 inches and my gauge with the Home Dec and a J hook is 6 single crochet to 2 inches. My bag will turn out a little bigger than theirs. If this turns out well I might do a second one in Scheepjes Catona. The Catona is a sport weight so it should make a smaller bag.
The pattern starts out with a chain and uses that as the base to crochet around. It uses single crochet, double crochet and puff stitches then adds drawstrings, fringe and a bead trim.
Over this weekend I went to the Pinner’s Conference with a friend (Hi Rachel!). Next week I’ll share some of the things we made.
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.