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Flattering Feline Fashions

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Cat Knits
Coss
1988

I am going to guess every librarian knitter/cat lover will be rushing to the stacks to grab this book with their knitting needles locked and loaded!

Who wouldn’t love to get their needles going on a big sweater that emphasizes the caboose by planting a semi-pissed off cat right in the center. How flattering! If you want to look like you are pregnant with an orange cat, check out the second picture below. Note the attached tail!

I have been attempting knitting for decades and can only manage a scarf that is crooked. I can appreciate the skill demonstrated. I am definitely going to get some of our more experienced knitters at work to give one of these a go. If sweaters aren’t your thing, check out the cat cozies in the last picture.

Happy Knitting!

Mary

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Hip Moves

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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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Floating Baby Heads!

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Rembrandt Yarns
1946

Submitter: This publication from 1946 by the Wool Novelty Co., Inc. of New York, NY, came in with a very large donation of women’s handicraft magazines. Maybe because it’s Friday, I found the floating baby heads on the cover particularly entertaining….

Holly: Collectors would love this! In all seriousness, there are libraries that can preserve this kind of thing and have a beautiful archive of old-timey craft publications. Your average public library is not that place, but patrons making donations don’t know that. They feel all warm and fuzzy for donating to the library rather than throwing out their stuff, and are completely baffled to find that these old magazines can’t be added to the circulating collection. I agree that the cover image is odd for a baby knitting magazine. How about some nice knitted hats on those floating heads? Also, my mom was born in 1946. Those babies are in their 70s now.