Needlework a-Go Go #31:

Here's a heavenly hash of odd and interesting needlework photographs.  You wouldn't think there'd be so much to say about crochet, but then this is Retrospace where I've been going on about the same basic things every day for nearly five years straight.... which is kind of troubling when you think about it.

Best not to think about it. (brushes away the pain) On with the needlework!

Perhaps it's just the woman's pose, but she strikes me as a wicked stepmother.  This poor orphaned girl, so full of innocence and merriment is soon to learn a hard lesson when she has to move in with this queen bitch. At the end of this crochet magazine, the woman will find that deep down she has a heart after all.  You see, all it took was little girl to teach her the meaning of love, and thus warmed her wicked heart. .

An afghan that's made specifically for watching television? And why is she sitting so damnably close? And what the hell is she watching? And what exactly is under that afghan - is she sitting on a chair?  So many unsolved mysteries with this one.

This guy is truly frightening.  I have to believe there was some heavy-handed artistic touch-ups to his face, because the only alternative is that his skin is made of lacquered, high gloss patent leather.

Methinks this picture would've been better without the creepy guy in the background. Why does he and the girl in orange stripes stare at us with devilish grins while the girl on the left stands oblivious? Is something about to go down?

Then again, it could be that he was never there.  The girls don't seem aware of his presence - it was only when they developed the film that photographers noticed this mysterious man in the shadows.  To this day, the crew swear there was no man in a hat on the set.  (shudder)

There were so many of these crochet dresses back then... .with revealing holes all over.  I don't think they wore undergarments underneath - and yet they were so damn transparent.  What gives? Does anyone remember? There were even bathing suits made like this.

I know this style was common for wearing over bathing suits, as a kind of crochet swimwear.  However, that's not always the case, wherein a lot of these fashions obviously meant for dry land only. It must have been quite an eyeful.

Question: If you had to pick one thing to represent the 1970s, what would it be? A custom van? A pet rock? A marijuana leaf? What would you choose?

My Answer: A macrame hanging planter.  No explanation required.

Notice anything strange about this cover?  How about you look a little closer....

Sweet Lord!  This is just unnerving.  Under no circumstances should this have been allowed to roam the earth.  The government should have locked it away in Area 51 and denied it ever existed.

I'm not so much interested in this boy's crummy sweater as I am the books behind him.  I can make out Michael Moorcock (of Elric fame), the great Clark Ashton Smith, and Jack Vance, but that's about it.  Anyone out there recognize others?

Quick - Which one's the naughty girl?  You know damn well it's the one on the right.  If this were a horror movie, the girl on the left would live to be in the sequel, but the girl on the right would be dead halfway through..  If you look close you can see the killer lurking among the trees.

Metallic sheep.  Enough said.


  1. Hot damn, the 70s continue to be bizarre, decades later. So glad I was born in a decade of such freaking weirdness!

  2. The best way to ensure your fashions and tastes are never mocked years later is to be boring. The 70s were not boring.

  3. Big & Little Crochets; nothing like starting them off young with their slutwear.

    Metallic sheep produce steel wool. Bwahaha.

  4. Best 70s cliche = long hair on men.

    What's amazing about that is that back in the 60s, you'd get beat up or shot for having that kind of hair. Remember Easy Rider?

    It was amazing how fast that hair style on men changed.

  5. In the metallic sheep pic...is that Renee Russo? Sure looks like her.

  6. yes that's Rene Russo with a couple of T-500s in Terminator prequel `Bo Peep:rise of the Sheep`

  7. re long hair on men: Yup. What's more, the style changed exactly on the same men who had been beating up hippies. In the 60s, "long-haired redneck shitkicker" was an impossible oxymoron; in the 70s, "long-haired redneck shitkicker" was a boring redundancy.

    1. Quote of the day! Everyone can go home now!

  8. What's troubling me is those two girls...They're disembodied torso's.The one in blue looks like an alternative to the elk hanging over your fireplace.Seriously, the one in black looks like her legs are hidden by forced perspective,but the other one...?

  9. What an amazing post! The torsos without legs (that you didn't even comment on Gil!), the photobomber, the phenomenal big and little crochet dresses on the big girls, the tan mannequin, the phenomenal big and little crochet dresses on the big girls, Those house shoes above the alien woman, the good girl/bad girl (I was right with you on that one), the phenomenal big and little crochet dresses on the big girls, and, wow, metallic sheep. I want some.

  10. Here is the pattern for the Television Afghan if anyone's interested:

  11. The kid in the sweater vest is holding a copy of Star Trek Log One. I still have my copy. Looking at that picture, that could have been me at Waldenbooks in 1976.

  12. Man, I had a giant macrame planter that my girlfriend made for me in about 1977. I moved to an apartment a year or so later and I must have tossed it (had a new girlfriend by then as well).

    The kid with the books appears to be standing in front of the science fiction section of a bookstore. I can't recognize the titles but many of the covers look familiar. I bought a log of SF paperbacks in those days.

  13. The game on which the boy's hand is resting is Space Hop. There was a copy in my high school library, completely unused. Strangely enough, try as I did, it was impossible to get anyone up for a game! Oh, the trials of geekdom in the '70s...