The barbecue mitt is almost done. All that’s left is the embellishment. I’ll post the final result next week.
In the meantime, here are some fun excerpts from the July 1966 Workbasket Magazine. Workbasket Magazine has much more than just crochet patterns. It has knitting, tatting, embroidery, quilting, recipes, and garden advice. Each issue also has a section called “Women Who Make Cents”. The section usually has four ideas from readers who share how they make money from crafts.
Here are the two suggestions not in the photo:
I make lovely ming tree center-pieces by selecting the most twisted and gnarled branches available. Trim, shellac and sprinkle glitter on trunk and main branches. Chop moss-green yarns very fine for foliage. Apply cement and using tweezers, place foliage where desired, a branch at a time. Mount in an inexpensive container, with a piece of florist’s clay, and cover bottom with pearl chips. These sell at $3.00 each or two for $5.00”
I make lovely little water sprinklers from half gallon or gallon bleach bottle with a handle on its side. Paint solid color or two tone. Cut a hole near top of bottle large enough for a small piece of hose. Insert hose in hole and glue in place. Decorate side with one big design or several small ones, such as flowers. I sell them for 50c to $1.00 depending on bottle size.”
Workbasket Magazine also had a pattern service and they have many classic designs for dresses. Check these out:
There are always recipes. This issue has cheese and rice balls, pickled eggs, a liver spread and a sandwich spread made of peppers, green tomatoes, onion, vinegar, brown sugar, salad dressing and mustard.
There’s also a flower and garden section with questions from readers. This issue has one from a reader in Minnesota.
I can imagine that that these were treasured magazines for many women from the 1930s to the 1990s.
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.