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Decorating with macaroniDecorating with Macaroni: A Craft “How-To” Create Book
Aleene
1966

Submitter: At first I thought the “macaroni” referred to something else, like a type of needlework. I am the least craftiest person on the planet. However, I looked further and realized these are actual items of household décor using various types of macaroni pasta.  I wouldn’t say this is “awful”, just a reflection of the times I guess – I remember making macaroni “art” in school in the ‘70s, one of which I made in kindergarten and still hang on my Christmas tree every year! I work in the rare book room and archives of [a Canadian university].

Holly: It is definitely a reflection of the times! In case you’re interested, there are lots of current Aleene craft projects on Pinterest. Point your patrons there, not to this old thing. I, too, made macaroni “art” in the early 80s, and I remember a gold spray-painted box like the one painted below. So fancy.

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Sweater Vests to Knit

2 skein sweater patterns

2-Skein Sweaters to Knit and Crochet
Leisure Arts
1980

The 2-skein concept is probably more popular today than in 1980. Knitting and crochet books circulate very well, and my patrons are constantly making suggestions for new materials. Quick and relatively easy projects are hot items, and this type of pattern would circulate if it was a bit more contemporary. However, the late 1970/1980’s look screams outdated. No matter how relevant the content, if it doesn’t look good, it won’t circulate.

Whenever I make a comment like above, there will always be someone who tells me I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. (There is usually a judgmental tone with this comment as well) It’s as if I spit on Ranganathan himself. Maybe I will keep this around for those librarians who don’t judge books by the cover and need to expand that 80s look in their wardrobe. (Don’t forget, every book has its reader….)

Happy Knitting,

Mary

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Casserole Cozies

casserole cozie cover

Casserole Coasters & Cozies
Annie’s Attic
2006

With the summer starting, I am sure everyone wants to have their casseroles look stylish on the picnic table or at the neighborhood potluck. Worry no more! Here are some fabulous casserole and coaster cozies to make. I am certain there is a pattern to make even the most bland potato salad or green bean casserole look appetizing.

As a collection item, I think this would be an excellent choice for a public library craft collection. I think my crochet patrons would check this out in a hot minute. Personally, I am just not that fond of the colors and design.

Enjoy!

Mary

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