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Afghan Awesomeness [1966]

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A thrift store treasure, beyond measure 🙂

I found this brief catalog – Bernat Afghans’ Contemporary and Traditional Styles, Book no. 132 – in a Long Beach WA shop for a whopping 25-cents. Initially I thought it would be a nice addition to Wall Of Retro – one which could dish out some of the cheesiness that only the mid-1960s could provide. Yet, as I began looking through the publication, I discovered that the pictures were just short of amazing. Staged without looking staged. Telling multiple stories, while giving focus to the subject of the catalog. The photographer employed a delicate depth of field in the work, and a film used duplicated the subject’s colors at an amazing level.

In short, I was duped by 25-cents worth of awesomeness.

While I was taken in by the quality of the photography, the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad was smitten with the afghans themselves. “That’s beautiful work,” she said of the first one she saw, “and expensive.”

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The stories depicted in these pictures are ones of relaxation, wonder, longing, and tranquility. In a sense, a warm afghan should be providing at least a couple of those – even ones that don’t cost big bucks. Check out these pictures; aside from being a warm time capsule of the Sixties, they also embody the feelings and softness in life which many of us want.

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I always make sure my chauffeur has an afghan handy…

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Knit Knightmares – Mini Dress from Space [1970]

Knit Knightmares - Mini Dress from Space [1970]

If Persis Khambatta and Kate Beckinsale had a Seventies Supermodel sister, this probably would not have been her crowing moment…

Lopi Wool Sweaters [1974]

Reyolds Sweater Catalog [1974]

So warm, so furry, so stylish…

The model on the front drew me to the magazine rack at Goodwill with the knit wrap and a hairstyle that was vaguely in current style.  In burgundy – or even the original brown for that matter – I could imagine seeing the woman above walking around today.  I had to look twice at the magazine to figure out what year it was from.  Huh?  1974?  I would have never figured that far back.  Maybe `76.  But then the model’s lapels say older 🙂

Reyolds Sweater Catalog [1974]

The periodical was published by Reynolds Yarns Inc. – which started in 1960 and is now part of JCA Crafts. Reynolds specialized in high-dollar Lopi wool from icelandic sheep.  Inside the issue there are directions on how to knit the clothing shown by the models.

Editor Molly Greenfeder wrote the following on the inside cover of Volume 80 from 1974:

Once again we boarded the Loftlieder Jet at New York’s Kennedy Airport for our annual trip to Iceland. This time we visited the Vestman Island and with the Icelandic Government’s permission, were allowed to go to the Island of Neimaey, where the latest volcanic eruption had just come to an end. The devastation it had left behind was immense, but what impressed us was the fact that these courageous people were able to evacuate every inhabitant within four hours. Now they were retruning in small numbers every day, to try to start a new life. Our photograph of garment #8003 (right above here in the post), shows our model Ervan standing atop still smouldering lava. In subsequent issues we will try to show many more of the photographs taken on that Island.

We hope you will enjoy making these new model garments as much as we enjoyed designing them.

Reyolds Sweater Catalog [1974]

Reyolds Sweater Catalog [1974]

Reyolds Sweater Catalog [1974]

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Copyright 1974 Reynolds Yarns Inc.
Editor: Molly R. Greenfeder
Assistant Editor: Rita E. Greenfeder
Photographs by Stanley Conley

One Snag Away from Ruin

McCalls Winter 70-71 Coordinates

Catch that long yarn jacket on the corner of a 1971 Chrysler car door, and you can win the bet that it will either unravel or leave it with a loop big enough to function as a handgun holster.  Extra points for the white belt and the tassels at the bottom of the skirt.

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McCall’s Winter 1970-71 Issue

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