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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Knits that have stood the test of time

The truth is, I took a progress shot of the trapeze jacket. And there is progress -- I'm finally finished with the back. But I just can't subject all of you to a progress shot of boring old ribbing. So instead, let's take a whirl in the knitting way-back machine via a copy of Spinnerin's "Gentlemen Prefer" that I snagged for $2 at Rhinebeck.

The year is 1967, and apparently gentlemen preferred garish cardigans and women with alarmingly high-waisted pants. Those studious fellows look down-right captivated (or confused?) by her! Either that, or they're waiting for her to leave so they can dig into that tug-boat sized fruit basket.

Nothing says "expert art direction" quite like bright orange, wraparound vest. The photographer appears to be mumbling under his breath, "Put a sock in it, jackass."

It's a man. In a poncho. Is it a mancho? I'm wondering if that masterpiece was knit by his intergalactic companion there. If the sweater curse is bad news, imagine the poncho curse!

In all seriousness, that blazer is a knitting marvel. Seriously. But I fear these fellows are too over-dressed for an afternoon of, um, model airplane building.


Blogger Sandra said...

tee hee. too funny. especially your commentary. :D

8:26 PM  
Blogger amp said...

my husband keeps asking why i'm laughing so hard over here. it is indeed a mancho. =]

10:01 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Somebody did do a beautiful job making that hideous cardigan - only to have it modeled in a bizarre nothing-subtle-about-that fake setting.

The pictures in this are hilariously weird - that guy in the Mancho is toppling over.

Talk about holding its value - the original price was only $1.50
Great find Carrie - thanks for sharing. ;-)

10:54 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Fantabulous! Thanks for a laugh.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous stitchywitch said...

I have that book! My husband and I had fun one day going through and making up a story line. It's one of my favorite for bizarre poses. I was going to sell it, but I just couldn't part with it (even though I'm not making any of those crazy designs!) Love your commentary!

1:28 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

The Mancho guy is frightening..seriously!

1:36 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

:) heh, mancho. best new word of 2007.

8:18 AM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

LOL - mancho. That garment definitely needs to stay in the 70's.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Karen Olson said...

I think a man has to be very confident in his sexuality to be wearing a poncho.

And I think this was the dawn of the Metrosexual.

9:44 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Those pictures absolutely blow my mind - who knew there was such a thing as overacting in photographs?! Great commentary btw, mancho! cracks me up.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the Sunday afternoon laugh. I don't know which I prefer -- the poncho (even the woman in that photo seems to be stiffling a giggle) or the model airplane dudes. If I knit my husband that blazer and he got airplane glue all over it, I would be pisssssed!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Dude, the drugs in the 70s must have been awesome.

This was hilarious.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

this is why i love to look through my oma's old knitting magazines and stuff! imagine what people thought other people would want to look like! and the dorky scenes really complete the whole thing- but a mancho is something i have NEVER seen!!!

4:53 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Holy crap, Manchos and knitted blazers. No wonder everyone was droping acid in those days!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

They look like uniforms for potential future "Mr. Rogers" replacement actors. Nothing quite like a change of shoes and getting out of that stuffy jacket and into a comfy cardigan. Would you be mine? Won't you be my neighbour?

9:25 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow. I love those Spinnerin mags, my MIL gave me a bunch and I just love them so much, thanks for a great laugh!

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knew knits could be so homoerotic? Bananas, telephoto lenses, modeling glue (really, just a poor excuse for poppers)? These guys can't wait to get down to business!

11:27 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

wonder where those fellows and their knits are now!!

5:37 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

So, which of these projects are you making for your fiance?

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Wow, what a gem you found! (For the entertainment value, that is). These magazines - they are why people raise their eyebrows dubiously when I tell them I knit.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

That was just excellent.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

what a find! your commentary is priceless ;)

8:51 PM  
Blogger Knitting Dakini said...

Mancho! Gotta love it...

5:21 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

That's an awesome little pattern booklet! So worth the $2! i don't even want to think about the curse of the mancho. That's downright terrifying.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

Oh, that took me back! Not to the era of gents with perfectly coiffed hair and goofy tight pants and appalling knitwear, because my parents were still in school and wouldn't get around to me for another twelve years. But to these fantastic knitting pamphlets called "Sweaters for Men", almost certainly by the same team of designers and stylists and giant fruitbaskets. We found them at Goodwill and decorated our college dorm room with them. The lady was always lurking out of focus in the background, possibly as a chaperone. (Come on, does anyone really believe they're building a model airplane down there in the basement together?)

3:53 PM  

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