We asked Jan 3 what she was crocheting. She replied , “Just a scarf. ” This is not just a scarf and some of our members were looking at it more closely. It drapes lightly around the neck and is made from a lace pattern rectangle with half diamond crochet edging. It sits well and looks very stylish. Lace crochet patterns are generally quite quick to make up but this one was in crochet cotton and so would have taken longer.
There are some nice crochet lace scarf patterns on In the Loop Knitting. The Streusel scarf sits nicely like Jan 3’s.
1957 was the year Maria in our club got married. There were no lace gloves so she crocheted these for her wedding outfit. The skill involved is impressive. It would have taken time and a very tiny needle. She would have needed a lot of patience and high levels of concentration but, then, that is Maria. She brought these gloves along to the club so we could see them. This sort of fine crochet is no longer seen very often but the skills involved are high level and worth preserving. Mass produced lace gloves do not have the quality.
So what else happened in 1957?
Scotland discovered ultrasound imaging.
Our Prime Minister in Australia was Sir Robert Menzies.
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1
The Cat in the Hat and from Russia with Love were popular reads.
Jailhouse Rock and The Bridge on the River Kwai were popular films.
The European Economic Community was formed
The first Frisbee was sold.
It was a big year and it had these beautiful gloves in it.
Maria crocheted this beautiful table piece. The are two smaller pieces to go with it. She has used crochet cotton and says the design is a Lebanese pattern. The diamonds and flowers are Tunisian crochet and the rest is normal crochet. It just looks beautiful and is a tribute to Maria’s capacity to be patient an accurate. It is difficult to find Lebanese crochet patterns. They do make very fine lace and it would be good to see more of these sorts of patterns for those people who like a challenge.