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Wow -- that looks complicated! I think you should dig it out of the attic for show-and-tell!

By Blogger Mary, at 12:05 PM  

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Thursday, September 06, 2007  

So far this week, Saturn has moved into Virgo (for the first time in three decades). Mercury has moved out of Virgo - and in a few days' time, there will be a Solar Eclipse in Virgo. Meanwhile, Venus remains retrograde. It returns to Virgo in October. Leos, Virgos and Capricorns are now going through a lot, but their lives are starting to fill with opportunities to move successfully away from old, entrenched, unhealthy habits.

So. What was I doing 30 years ago. I had a wee baby one-year old little darling – PreciousAngelBabyDarlingOnlySon – I used to call him. It was 1977. Is that the year I tried to knit that Scandinavian dress out of Red Heart acrylic? There is such a story about that dress. It was the cover item featured on McCalls Needlework and Crafts magazine. It was gorgeous - all stripes of vivid color on a black background. Wickedly beautiful, it fitted the model at the waist, held close with a tied belt and had a skirt that flared out in a lovely A-line. Some woven Scandinavian braid filled the square opening at the neck.

I was extraordinarily poor back then and I had only ever knit 2 items - a (Scandinavian) sweater for a boy who I never saw again and something for PABDOS when I was pregnant. Somehow I managed to scrape up the pennies and dollars needed to buy the magazine and the yarn and happily cast on - at the shoulder, where I knit and knit and knit and knit down in ever widening circles till I realized I wasn't knitting a dress! I was knitting a tent! An Acrylic tent in stranded colorwork. There would be enough fabric at my waist to gather into a bustle - all of it done in glorious Red Heart worsted weight, double bulked by the floats inside.

Alas. It was abandoned. I think I threw it away but I may have hauled it up into the attic when we moved into the big house in 1981. Even as I type this, it may now be a hotel for mice!

But I am not a librarian for nothing and just to help you visualize how easily I was tempted - here is a visual!

posted by Bess | 9:50 AM