:Ronald Reagan was president and I was starting my freshman year of college.
The first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Illinois. There was a very long list of performers that included; Johnny Cash, Don Henley. B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Van Halen and John Denver.
Oversize earrings and women’s power suits with shoulder pads were in. Esprit was a very popular women’s clothing line. I was not a fashion icon in 1985:
September Top 40 that year included some classics like;
The New York Times bestseller list for the first two weeks of September was Lucky by Jackie Collins. The only book on the Fiction Best Seller list that I’ve read was in the #3 spot; Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. I didn’t do much better on the paperback best sellers. I read the #1 book also by Stephen King/Richard Bachman, Thinner but none of the other 14 listed. Those included books by Louis L’Amour, Danielle Steel, Belva Plain and Jeffrey Archer.
The September 1985 Workbasket Magazine is a big issue. It was their 50th anniversary year and they had nine crochet patterns, nine knitting patterns and three tatting patterns.
Your two choices for September are:
The Bolo Scarf. This calls for Unger Cruise yarn or Clarks Baby Wintuk. These are somewhere around a fingering or sport weight yarn made mostly of acrylic.
Crocheted Leg Warmers. The ultimate in 1980’s fashion. It says they are for size 9-11 but I’m not sure if they mean shoe size (which would be odd since you don’t wear them on your feet) or pant size (also weird since that would be a very short size range and your calf size is usually not related to your pant size). The supply list included 8 oz of 4 ply yarn and an I and K crochet hook.
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.