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Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Here's a heavenly hash of odd and interesting needlework photographs.  You wouldn't think there'd be so much to say about crochet, but then this is Retrospace where I've been going on about the same basic things every day for nearly five years straight.... which is kind of troubling when you think about it.

Best not to think about it. (brushes away the pain) On with the needlework!




Perhaps it's just the woman's pose, but she strikes me as a wicked stepmother.  This poor orphaned girl, so full of innocence and merriment is soon to learn a hard lesson when she has to move in with this queen bitch. At the end of this crochet magazine, the woman will find that deep down she has a heart after all.  You see, all it took was little girl to teach her the meaning of love, and thus warmed her wicked heart. .


An afghan that's made specifically for watching television? And why is she sitting so damnably close? And what the hell is she watching? And what exactly is under that afghan - is she sitting on a chair?  So many unsolved mysteries with this one.


This guy is truly frightening.  I have to believe there was some heavy-handed artistic touch-ups to his face, because the only alternative is that his skin is made of lacquered, high gloss patent leather.


Methinks this picture would've been better without the creepy guy in the background. Why does he and the girl in orange stripes stare at us with devilish grins while the girl on the left stands oblivious? Is something about to go down?

Then again, it could be that he was never there.  The girls don't seem aware of his presence - it was only when they developed the film that photographers noticed this mysterious man in the shadows.  To this day, the crew swear there was no man in a hat on the set.  (shudder)


There were so many of these crochet dresses back then... .with revealing holes all over.  I don't think they wore undergarments underneath - and yet they were so damn transparent.  What gives? Does anyone remember? There were even bathing suits made like this.

I know this style was common for wearing over bathing suits, as a kind of crochet swimwear.  However, that's not always the case, wherein a lot of these fashions obviously meant for dry land only. It must have been quite an eyeful.


Question: If you had to pick one thing to represent the 1970s, what would it be? A custom van? A pet rock? A marijuana leaf? What would you choose?

My Answer: A macrame hanging planter.  No explanation required.


Notice anything strange about this cover?  How about you look a little closer....

Sweet Lord!  This is just unnerving.  Under no circumstances should this have been allowed to roam the earth.  The government should have locked it away in Area 51 and denied it ever existed.


I'm not so much interested in this boy's crummy sweater as I am the books behind him.  I can make out Michael Moorcock (of Elric fame), the great Clark Ashton Smith, and Jack Vance, but that's about it.  Anyone out there recognize others?



Quick - Which one's the naughty girl?  You know damn well it's the one on the right.  If this were a horror movie, the girl on the left would live to be in the sequel, but the girl on the right would be dead halfway through..  If you look close you can see the killer lurking among the trees.


Metallic sheep.  Enough said.

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