In this month's crochet time machine we're heading back to 1980.
This photo is from Christmas 1980 and was taken at my grandparents’ house. We were always a crafty family. My mom made the matching dresses for my sister and me. The framed rug I’m holding is one I made and my grandfather framed for me for Christmas. It now hangs on the wall of our office/Tayla’s room.
Reagan was president-elect, and Apple made its initial public offering. If I could go back in time and make just one investment I'd buy some Apple stock.
John Lennon was shot and killed so his songs were playing on the radio a lot. Now when I hear one it always reminds me of being at the orthodontist. It seemed like one of his songs was always playing when I was stuck in that chair.
Other December Top 40 that year included some classics like;
The Covenant by James A. Michener was in the number one slot for fiction best sellers in December and had held that spot since the beginning of November. I haven’t read that book but I have read two of the other best sellers from the list; Firestarter by Stephen King and The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel.
I did read a lot then but there was also an excellent TV line up then. Magnum PI premiered in December 1980 and there were other classics like; M.A.S.H., Alice, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart, Mork and Mindy, Charlies Angels, Dynasty, Dallas, my favorite: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and my sister’s favorite: BJ and the Bear.
The Workbasket issue we’ll be choosing from this month is a double issue.
It’s November/December 1980 and it has six crochet patterns; Jacket with Scarf, Bouquet of Carnations, Poinsettia Tunic, Littlest Angel, Star Snowflake and Silver Wreath. Because I’m still working on holiday gifts I’m giving you two of the smaller ones to choose from:
The Littlest Angel (also in color on the cover above):
The littlest angel is made with Unger Arianne gold and silver yarn. This is approximately a sport weight yarn or a #3 thread. It also uses a cone shaped paper cup and a 4 inch Styrofoam ball.
Silver Wreath in crochet:
The Silver wreath is made in the same yarn plus some plastic holly and berry trim.
Let me know which one you think I should make this month!
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.