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Heheheh...I went to the Columbia Homecoming festival today and checked out the books at the historical society's booth. I found an old book called The Family Crochet Book, published in England in 1971. I spent time before the parade thumbing through the pages, giggling at the styles and hairdos. Found some pretty cool stuff in it, though.

And the name of the person whose book it was...one of the historical society members. I'll have to tease her about it next time I see her!

One of the cool patterns in it was for crocheted tights, sort of a fishnet stocking, and there were a few other patterns for knee-hi socks as well. A lot of the dresses were very lacy (read: see-through) and would probably get a person arrested for indecent exposure.

I about died laughing at some of the patterns for men. I cannot, for the life of me, envision any guy today wearing that stuff. And come to think of it, I can't even remember seeing guys wearing some of those styles back then. I think a lot of men have an aversion to wearing crocheted clothing.

The historical society booth has yielded some cool vintage knitting and crocheting books and magazines over the last couple of years -- a few years back I picked up a ton of knit/crochet patterns from the 50s and 60s. Neat stuff!

I'm making progress on the blanket, and I decided to make a frilly lacy edging for it with a double strand of crochet cotton. Whee! Still can't post pictures, but will ASAP.

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geli_tripping
Jul. 2nd, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, 1970's fashions, how we love to hate them! I remember I had a bright red knitted poncho as a kid. Now ponchos are back again but somehow they look far cooler! Maybe 20 years from now I'll be cringing when I look at them though!

I missed you at the parade! We worked the booth Sunday from 11:30-2:00 and then went up by the road to see the parade. Saw the kids last night at the fireworks.
hooksandneedles
Jul. 8th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
My great-aunt made me a cloth poncho that had a crocheted edging to it. It was dark blue and was pretty neat! I think it's still around here somewhere, packed away. Phillipa wore it when she was younger. :)

We didn't get up to the park until around 2pm. We just wandered around a bit, got something to eat, then sat by the ditch over on 82 to wait.
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