UPDATE: January 18/2015
Sue Doran has given us a link in the comments to where the pattern for the shawl shown below can be obtained. https://www.etsy.com/listing/125740185/pdf-crochet-pattern-vintage-70s-piano?ref=market
She is our hero. I've looked and looked and decided that my pattern must have been one lost in a flood a few years ago and where my boxes of patterns got soaked. Check out the link on Etsy. We bow to Sue
Knitting has suddenly become a revived craft. Everywhere you go, you see women and young girls knitting. Scarves, fingerless gloves, hats, sweaters. Knitting has become a cool and hip thing to do.
Well, it seems that everything old is new again. We are going through a resurgence of crafting. Knitting, sewing, quilting. Just look at the magazines and see the numbers of specialty publications
I credit the economy. When times are hard, people become thrifty and resourceful. Reviewing my collection of craft magazines from the 60's through the 90's, I can see that everything old IS new again.
I learned to knit from my Grandmother back in the early 60's as a pre-teen. The Hippie culture (n which I was briefly immersed) prized homemade and handicrafts. The Carter years brought austerity, stagflation, unemployment, high costs and crafting became even more mainstream. Of course all the Grannies who learned to be thrifty during the Great Depression already had the skills. Nothing new for them however, the young generation during the Carter Recession relearned the crafts. Now.....during this current Great Recession, yet another generation is taking up the sword...I mean the knitting needles. Everything old is new yet again.
I've started scanning the clippings,craft books from my collection. Scanning some of the sketches from my own designs that I've kept forever. First of all to have better organization and access to the patterns and ideas. However, the main reason is that some of those older magazines have become fragile and are literally falling apart.
Really dated ideas that just SCREAM 60's hippie stuff.
Others are just interesting (to me anyway) because they are ideas, colors, techniques potential for other projects.
And some things are just timeless.
I'm making this one for myself now.