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March 27, 2012

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Girls’ Knitwear Edition

By Betty Crafter

I’m still struggling with a crafting funk.  I just can’t seem to pick up any of my projects, even though I have a gazillion of them laying around guilting me and I also have a whole litter of babies due that need knitted gifts.  Does this ever happen to any of you?  However, do not despair!  I have vintage crafty goodness to share!

I ran across this knitwear magazine from most probably the late 1960s and absolutely could not resist it due to the amazing pictures inside.  This volume of Spinnerin is entitled Thank Heaven For Little Girls, or as I like to call it, Thank Heaven for Little Girls Modeling Kitschwear in Even Kitschier Locations.

Next time you head to port to welcome the local pirate ship home, wearing socks knit in the exact same yarn as your cardigan is a nice touch.  If that can’t be done, at least make sure your pants and hair ribbons are the exact shade as your sweater.  Eye patch optional.

The great thing about modeling knitwear against a paper landscape in faux snow is it’s not necessary to bother with pesky things like warm hats and coats or even pants.  Who even cares about hats in a knitwear magazine anyway?  Oh wait…everyone.

But here are some hats!  In a…barn.  In obvious mild weather.

I’m having a hard time concentrating on the outfits in this picture because I’m wildly distracted by the unsafe poses (get those girls safely on the floor!) and the awesome candy.  Doc Wacky’s funny pills?  Yes please!  And what are those crazy suckers with silly faces all about? Gimme!

There’s really only one place you can go wearing these outfits.  The barber shop, obviously.  Or maybe the blackjack table.

This magazine appears to be out of the U.S. but where the heck are they taking these pictures?  Look at that storefront sign in the back!

Sure, this little girl is wearing tights with knit shorts.  Whatevs.  What really concerns me is that stuffed frog.  Exactly what story is this picture trying to tell??

Hey Peter Pan – your girlfriend jacked your pose.  Also?  I kind of want tights in a rainbow of colors now.

I think I will hoard this pattern until Little Betty reaches prime embarrassment age – say, 14, and knit any one of these for her.  Then proceed to insist upon her wearing it for a photo so it will be cemented in memory.  Parading of said photo on special occasions (first dates, parties, etc) should be assumed.

Thank you, awesome juvenile knitwear magazine for giving me something to blog about during my crafting block.

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10 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Girls’ Knitwear Edition

  1. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Don’t know about that one sign, but the rest of the shots look like pure Mayberry to me! Hmmm, the period is right, maybe they rented the Mayberry sets for the shoot!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Hee-larious!!! And I am going to remember just what to wear the next time I head down to welcome the next pirate ship in! 🙂

  3. veg-o-matic Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Pretty sure the pictures were taken at Universal Studios. Look at the wrapper on the giant lollipop.

  4. Andrea Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I have to admit, the OCD matchy-matchy person in me loves the matching sock-cardigan combo, hee!

  5. Inky Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’m old enough to remember these when they were newly published. My sister and I used to laugh hysterically at the poses and settings. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  6. Vicki Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you for making me laugh the morning! Love the Peter Pan reference too!

  7. Annie B. Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I would loooove an adult-sized dress like the one Frog Girl is wearing!
    Tres chic!

    I think the message here is “I’m in Love witha Big Blue Frog and a Big Blue Frog Loves Me”. Peter, Paul, and Mary anyone?

  8. Laura Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    It’s a cute look, but I’m old enough to remember. Knee socks were the bane of my existence when I was a little girl. I was a tom-boy, so they were always dirty, or slumped around my ankles. The blue sweater dress on the little girl sitting on the candy counter is adorable! What a great project for your little Betty!

  9. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I hate to envy that one little girl’s figure but if I had it, I’d wear that breakneck combination of go-go boots, cape, school girl skirt and beret. For whatever that says about me, I apologize.

  10. joyce w Reply

    March 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    My mom actually knit the orange sweater in the first photo for me except mine is more of a cantelope color. AND I still have it! What a blast from the past!!! 🙂

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