Nana's Knitting Shop

Knitting tales of a lifelong knitter
and yarn shop owner.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

“Do That To Me One More Time” or “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?”

Ah, the eighties; I remember them well. As I was perusing the Fall Vogue Knitting, this little number certainly gave me pause.
Leggings and high heels? Oh no, say it isn’t so. I could hack it when the seventies came back although I’d never wear bell bottoms again. The eighties however, are a very different story. Big hair, big shoulders and those awful ripple enhancing leggings. The Vogue story this season is: “Pump Up the Volume! Bigger is better again, so loosen your belt a notch (even if you don’t have to).” I for one, don’t have a belt from the eighties that fits.

I was a prolific knitter during the eighties, however. Here’s just a sampling of the interesting items I made:

Do you remember that in the eighties, novelties
were called “fancies?”
Fancy indeed.

This Aran looks a lot like the Michael Kors "Sweater of the Season" on the front cover of Vogue Knitting, doesn't it?

Who knows what I was thinking when I made this striped number. Retrospect is an interesting phenomenon.

I actually really still like this one and as anyone who knows me will tell you, I still wear it! It's the only one left from a very busy knitting decade.

This one speaks for itself, doesn't it? It was called "Elegance and Top Secret." Top secret?

The eighties were a weird fashion time and while they appear to coming back this season, I'm thrilled to report that there are many beautiful and classic sweaters in "vogue" this year. I know I won't be going back to the eighties any time soon. My shoulders are big enough without pads, my hair was never big enough even with a perm (I'll never again subject myself to that abuse), and my back is way too fragile for high heels.

If anyone is interested in seeing the plethora of pattern books I have from the eighties, be sure to stop by the Shop. I'm certain copyright infringement no longer applies.

By the way, I know Boy George is getting in his community service hours sweeping the streets of New York city, but what the heck happened to The Captain and Tennille?


Anonymous Lauren said...

Capt. and Tenille? They're probably living under one of those hugely oversized pullovers.

12:21 PM  

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