“Do you knit for your mamma with those needles?” A Book Review

The Museum of Kitschy Stitches By Stitchy McYarnpants

Here on The Woven Road we tend to focus on interesting and beautiful textiles from bygone centuries. However we can not ignore the more egregious crafting missteps that our forbearers made. More specifically we can not shy away from the horror that was many midcentury knits.

In this book, complete with snarky comments, are great pictures of crocheted mini shorts, shaggy technicolor vests and loopy hats that I suppose seemed like a good idea at the time. My personal favourite chapter is the one called “Do you knit for your mamma with those needles?” also titled “Bad girls, Worse Outfits”. Some of the treasures from this chapter include a entirely crocheted pant suit, clearly done with a very large gauge hook and a knitted short sleeved romper intended for biking.

Another favorite from another chapter is a sweater with one low slung bright yellow chevron pointing straight at the models d**k. If you need a good laugh and also some inspiration of what not to do with that avocado green yarn, I would highly recommend this book!

-Aja Ewing