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Coats & Clark’s Studio Card No. 2
Coats & Clark’s Sales Corp
1970

Submitter: So groovy it’s amazing! I think [first image below] is my absolute fave!! Came in with large donation of women’s needlework, craft periodicals and books.

Holly: This might be useful at some sort of fashion-related archive, or it might sell at a book sale aimed at “nostalgia.” It is super groovy, as Submitter indicates, so someone will likely want it. That someone is just not a circulating collection. But gosh, thanks for the donation.

(This ended up in a rare book room at a university, which is a reasonable place for it.)

Mary: This looks like a casting call for a Jacqueline Susann movie adaptation.

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Grannies for Fashion

crochet granny squares

Great Grannies
Leisure Arts
1975

Not sure you can make anything with the word “granny” and instantly think of high fashion. However, here is an attempt. Granny squares are one of the basic projects for the crochet crowd, so patterns and books are probably a necessary collection item in any craft collection. The swimsuit on the cover makes this item a weeder. I am concerned how this particular bikini looks after it gets wet. Can someone say “wardrobe malfunction?”

Mary

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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 However, the late 1970/1980’s look screams outdated.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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