Look what I found at the thrift store! I’ve never seen one of these before, but for $3, I decided that I had to own it. It’s published by Golden so I believe it might be related to the wonderful ‘Golden Hands’ books that I love – the encyclopedia of crafting that’s several decades old. There’s no copyright date in this binder, but from the hairstyles in some of the photos, I gather it’s from the 1970′s. Thus, it is not new, but not an antique. Vintage maybe? Definitely full of good patterns and even better technique entries.
The best tip in the binder, I think, is the method to create strips of ‘yarn’ from fabric or other sources that don’t come as premade yarn. This hint is so simple, but seems more useful than most similar hints to accomplish this. First, you need a saucer or dinner plate and a square of ‘fabric’ (plastic bag, tee shirt, woven fabric, etc). You are directed to round off 3 of the square edges then starting with the remaining squared edge, tracing around the saucer or plate, you begin to cut a spiral of ‘yarn’ from the ‘fabric’. Why is this better than the zigzag method of cutting strips? Because, in the case of any woven or stretch fabric, you’re getting the benefit of the bias stretchiness, allowing you to cut more flexible strips that will result in a ‘yarn’ that is easier to use. So simple. How cool is that?
The Multicolored Afghan is just one of the patterns in the binder. Isn’t this a beauty? I’ve made one similar to this that appeared in one of the compilation books of award winning afghans.
Another great idea under the heading of ‘Repairing and recycling crochet’ is this. If the invisible or unnoticeable repair of a crochet piece is not possible, ‘admit defeat and make a feature out of disguising the damage.’ Genius. It’s not a mistake or a snag, it’s now a design element – and one that might make the crocheted item even better than before. I’m also a quilter, so the idea of patching is appealing to me. So, trending off this idea, why not repair the torn knee of your tot’s blue jeans with a cute crocheted ‘applique’? Everyone will want to know where your purchased that cool pair of jeans!
This small but chunky binder is full of cards and fold-outs that are approximately 5X7 inches and the spine is about 3 inches wide, so there are a lot of cards in the binder. Categories of crochet in the binder include everything from Afghans and Baby Blankets to Edgingd and Lace Patterns. There is a lot of information stuffed in this old binder. This looks like it might have been one of those ‘subscription’ plans where you received one or two sections every month until the binder was filled. Does anyone know? I would love to have more information about this binder.
I’m going to spend the rest of the evening going over the contents of the binder and reorganizing it. The tab pages are all there, but the pattern and technique cards are all out of order. Can’t think of a better way to spend the next hour or so, can you?
By jd wolfe