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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Cook's Guide

Recently, my grandmother gave me a huge stack of old 'Annie's' magazines - I'll have to take some pictures of the projects in some of them - they are occasionally lovely, occasionally amusing, often very dated, and sometimes downright terrifying.  (One is of a soft-sculpted male doll that nearly gave me nightmares.) They are mostly knit and crochet, with some sewing and a very occasional cross stitch pattern.

This project comes from the Oct-Nov 1984 issue of Annie's Pattern Club Newsletter.  It's called 'The Cook's Guide' and my Mum laughed out loud when she read it, so I decided to make it for her.  I'm not going to show the picture, because I think I'll have it done in a few days.  I want to wait and show you the finished project, in case you guys can get a laugh, too.

Here's my start, though.

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The pattern didn't even have a color guide - it said 'use small amounts of black, red, blue, yellow and green', so I picked whatever bright shades I saw first in my floss drawer.  It'll be about 5x7 when done, has ten lines of backstitched words and a slightly bigger bottom border, so I think it will end up being my first 2014 finish!

I didn't take a progress picture of the shawl - I added six rows so there wasn't much difference.  I'll take a picture when I switch back to the solid brown.

I have no idea what I'm going to work on tomorrow!  Maybe I'll get a cross-stitch WIP out, instead of a new start.


  1. Great new start. Looking forward to seeing it finished :)

  2. That looks and sounds like an easy project! Can't wait to see it!

  3. Lovely new start!! I am excited to see what it reads:)

  4. Great new start Tama. I have a bunch of those books. I had subscribed to them back in the 80's. I need to pull them out.


  5. OMG Tama you are such a tease. I can't wait to see what it says!!
    Alicia xo