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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Look What I Unearthed Today?

Turkey-Day Dinner was quite satisfactory. I stayed within my plans for the dinner, and didn't go over my allotted points for Weight Watchers. I'm pleased. DD said, "Well, what can you eat? Nothing, right?" and I was happy to reply, "I can eat anything I want, as long as I keep portion control in mind, and make healthy choices."

It's exactly what I did!

Then I came home with some thoughts to finish the job I started last night, cleaning off my desk. I was so good. I reset the computer into a more neutral position and removed the full-sized keyboard that I've been using. I can't seem to give up my mouse, tho' I've been using the thumb pad on the laptop, but I like the mouse control better. I do switch back and forth, so the day might come when my mouse and I part company...we'll see. Still the desk itself had to be unearthed for this process and I'd tossed all the papers on the floor yesterday saying "no longer than 30 minutes on the floor, I AM going to clean this up." was more than 30 minutes, but everything was organized and filed (even in file 13A, the shredder basket) this afternoon. And then I got interested in finding a frame for a photo of my grandsons...that involved pulling some boxes down from storage (I'm always amazed at what I have that I've completely forgotten...and it's made me think more in terms of the old "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" mantra I used to live by).

I located a photo of my mom that I'd been wondering where I'd packed it, and then I found this:

When I was a sophmore in high school (which was 1972) the crochet pattern for this was available in Seventeen Magazine. I have a memory of it being on the cover, but it might just have been a full-page photo inside the magazine. I tried to link to something, and can't find it, even on the Seventeen Magazine site, which does have a section for historical covers. I don't think for a minute that they're all up there, but still, I can't promise this was on the cover.

However, at the time, I was completely, and totally, convinced that it was the very most wonderful piece of clothing in the world and I begged my Mom, who crocheted beautifully to make it for me. Crochet was her preference, tho' she knew how, and did teach me, to knit. We bought the yarn, and unlike the promised Granny Square afghan she never made me, this was finished that year. After I photoed it for you, I folded it again to store away, and noticed that the diamond fringing at the bottom is practically perfect. I have no idea how she managed it, but the ties are done so well...

The yarn is probably Red Heart, I know it's acrylic, but back then, I'm sure it was all we could afford. It doesn't matter. The Hippy Chick in me still thinks this is the coolest thing in town.
Thanks, Mom...Happy Thanksgiving, I miss you.


Anonymous Barbara-Kay said...

That is an amazing dress - I'm glad you have kept it.

It's a whole different world today of the yarns we know and value. Wool (at least in the Midwest and South) was limited in size available, and certainly scratchy. Your Mom made that of the best yarn available for a hippy chick of 1972, I believe.

10:32 PM  
Blogger sandra said...

I love the crocheted top you found tucked away - do you recall ever wearing it? I have a simple Fair Isle pullover sweater I made when I was thirteen. It's now hanging on my study wall...

8:39 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

I can remember when it first came out acrylic yarn was more expensive than wool. That was in the early 60s, I think. I continued to use the cheaper wool yarns until a sweater made for DD#1accidently went through the washer & dryer. It came out Cabbage Patch doll size many years before the dolls were available. (lol)

If I'd been subscribing to Seventeen at the time, I'd have probably made that top too.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, my goodness, that is wonderful! Definitely the happiest thing in town, and what a perfect thing to find right now. Happy Thanksgiving!

12:15 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

We are certainly contemporaries, Sallee. If I'd seen that, I would have made it in a Red Heart beat.

12:04 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

I'm certain you looked absolutely fabulous and fashionable! And acrylic was what was widely available at department stores. There were specialty yarns around at some of the upmarket stores but nothing like today.

I remember making a sweater for my mom but ended up having to order it because it was not kept in stock. This was from Marshall Field's.

10:02 PM  

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