Well hello again! This will mainly be a picture post, to offer a view into the dark side of the 1980s. I came across these knitting magazines last time I visited my mum. Now, before you think ” bad taste household” let me assure you that these could be considered as the pinnacle of European creativity in the knit world, boasting a host of embellishments and texture and plenty of batwings. My mum has kept them because a. She is frugal and not influenced unduly by fashion and although she would not even have been seen dead in their whole glory even in the 80s she is capable of moderation in her adaptation skills and b.they form a library of different stitches and pretty rib techniques, and I reckon there is also a c. She likes a rip roaring good laugh every now and then, as she is also keen to spot fashion funnies as big as their proverbial shoulder pads. So without further ado, I give you a peek through some ” nina” knitting magazines from the late 1980s, motto being ” knitting is fun” ,
1. A front cover in case you didn’t believe me. Now this kind of purple is not on my season’s sewing/ knitting list! Shoulders, textured yarn, Halloween type black squiggles ….errr, sort of reminds me of Terminator for some reason?! :-s
2. Delightful! Brights! Weird dinosaur heads and what on earth is going on with that fringed yarn? But she looks happy, so it’s ok! nice buttons!
3. Now if you can identify just how many crafts are going in in this particular piece I’ll be impressed! I recognise the stitch in the plain mustard though, I’m sure my mum might have used that in an altogether plainer knit project.
4. Ohmygod! It says “straight out of Arabian nights”….more like Arabian nightmares!
5. For some reason yellow comes up quite a lot….some typical 80s geometry going on here…& oh look, what a surprise, more textured yarn!
6. Will this make it onto anyone’s autumn list of projects? I don’t think I would ever put these colours together ….ever.
7. For the festive season? Start now and you might be able to get it ready in time?
All of these patterns appeared in Nina knitting magazines 11/89, 4/90, 7/90, 10/89, 12/89, 7/89, but not necessarily in the order listed. Thank you for the entertainment and for inspiring my mum ( and countless other knitters I’m sure). Now this might appeal to some of you out there, if so, berate me and put me in my place. There is after all a whole heap of talent that goes into the creation of such wonders. Let’s have a vote though, which is your favorite, or the one you think is the epitome of 80s hand knitwear gone o.t.t?