Look What I Unearthed Today?
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." Well...it 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.