Ronald Reagan was president and everyone was looking forward to the royal wedding of Charles and Diana in July.
The series finale of Charlie’s Angels played that month. Dallas was the top rated show followed by Dukes of Hazzard and MASH.
The June top 40 charts included some of my favorites then; “Medley” by Stars on 45, “Take it on the Run” by REO Speedwagon, “America” by Neil Diamond, Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, and “The One That You Love” by Air Supply.
Noble House by James Clavell was the top selling fiction hard cover book. The mass-market paperback top sellers included Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon and If There Be Thorns by V.C. Andrews.
The June/July 1981 Workbasket Magazine offered up patterns to crochet, knit, tat and stitch for bazaars and put a photo on the cover that included every pattern in the issue.
The recipe section is sponsored by Marion-Kay, a spice company that still exists though it seems like it’s primarily used in restaurants. That section includes Creole Corn, Sugar Cream Pie (which is really sugar, flour, whipping cream, cinnamon and a pre-baked shell) and Coconut Butter Sticks.
There were five patterns to choose from and I narrowed it down to the Waffle Stitch Pillow which has cross-stitching as an embellishment or the Bear in Crochet.
The Waffle Stitch Pillow uses four ounces of 3-ply sock and sweater yarn. There’s no gauge given for the pillow. This might be a DK weight but since it’s a pillow it won’t really matter.
The Bear uses 2 ounces of worsted weight yarn, small amounts of non-woven fabric for eyes and a narrow ribbon for the neck tie.
So will it be the Waffle Stitch Pillow or the Bear?
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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.