Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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42 Comments:

Blogger Marnie said...

PRICELESS! I love this pattern book. :o) I'm actually almost inclined towards the beer can purse if only because I actually think that's kind of fun and funny. Don't tell anyone, though, I wouldn't want that getting around ;o)

I'd avoid the 80s pattern books if I were you, I got one form ebay and it brought back floods of memories about giant shoulder pads. I'm not talking "shoulder pads," I'm talking "SHOULDER PADS" in giant chunky knit sweaters. It's something, I tell you.

9/15/2004 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

I'm not sure, but I think.... oh, what the heck, let's say, yes, I am...
VERY AFRAID of that kind of inspiration.

My goodness. I need a break. Someone get me a beer

9/15/2004 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger melanie said...

It just so happens that on my desk RIGHT NOW is a copy of the March 1986 edition of Woman's Day Super Special 101 Sweater and Craft Ideas. On pages 48 and 49 are, respectively, a yellow and black knit sweater with TAXI knit across it and little black checker cab squares, and a black sweater with ROCK & ROLL knit across the front in rainbow striped colors. How much will you give me for it? We'll start the bidding at $10. What if I throw in some pattern booklets from the 70s I got from my mother in law? What a deal!!!

9/15/2004 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG. Hilarious!!!

-drew

9/20/2004 12:44:00 PM  
Blogger Elabeth said...

That is AWESOME! I'm linking to you over at my blog just so I don't accidently miss the next installment of this feature.
Back in the 70's my mom used to make these doily things that were crocheted around plastic 6-pack loops that had been cut apart, but never in my life have I seen a thing such as this. I must show the world now.

9/21/2004 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Elisa said...

Good Lord...My dad owned a floppy blue Budweiser hat...I remember it being in my toy box as a child. Says a lot about the 70's, no? Of course, we also had the requisite oil painting of a woman with a bowl of fruit on her head in our kitchen, too.

I've linked over to your blog, too...Just too good to pass up!

9/22/2004 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Oh, the laughing... so much laughing! thank you.

9/23/2004 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMGoodness, I saw the pictures and it so reminded me of my DH's late memere. She was in her 90's when she died and up until a a year before she died she "volunteered" at the local nursing home visiting the residents and playing cards with them. And she had a hat made out of playing cards much like the beercan hat. Giggles madly and remembers Memere's silly hat.

9/28/2004 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

UGGGGHHH. My mom crocheted those beer can hats for all her friends.... Dad emptied the cans for her. Oh how I detested those hats!!!

Now I will have nightmares again....... LOL

1/03/2005 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This feature would be a way to share another of my obsessions with people that I think would enjoy it. See, I have an unnatural need to buy every vintage ladies magazine I can find. I have piles of magazines from the 20's to the 70's (and don't think I haven't been eyeing the 80's ones lately). "

I'll be over with the dill pickles and pink lemonade!
You fellow former Star Hits reader,
Carrie

1/27/2005 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Maribel said...

You are a very funny lady! I'm glad I discovered your blog.

3/05/2005 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia Bishop said...

This was the first time I've read your blog, and I'm SO glad I came across it. I laughed until tears rolled down my face !! Something you might like, if you enjoy kitschy things, is James Lilek's book The Gallery of Regrettable Foods. It has all these great recipes (with pictures!) from the 60's and 70's. One example I'll never forget is a jello mold made with HOT DOGS in it !! And the commentary is wonderful too.I'm sure a crocheted beer can hat would have been appropriate attire at any social gathering which featured a hot dog jello mold as refreshment.
Cindy B

3/14/2005 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Meredith, Chicago IL said...

I read this particular article and laughed my pants off. My co-workers read, too, and laughed their respective pants off. Unfortunately, a week or so later, one of them came running to my cubicle breathless to announce that they had seen a hipper-than-thou hipster in the post office with a beer can hat(pbr, of course). oh stupid hipsters.

3/18/2005 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my grandparents making and wearing such can art. The new art is to make crafts out of Coffee packages. I am saving some for a friends as we speak. There is nothing new under the sun.

4/15/2005 06:21:00 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

I totally loved this feature! I can remember finding these finished objects at flea markets and yard sales, slavishly made with acrylic yarns of course, and pitying the poor maker for the time spent on something so kitchy that it ended up on the yard sale table.

5/09/2005 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger deb said...

Does anyone know about using perle cotton to crochet mummify beer bottle caps which were then crocheted together into hotpads and other decorative flat things. I asked my grandmother why she coudlnt use soda bottle tops. She swalled the last gulp of her Rhinegold Ale and gave me the silent stare.

5/17/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Holy Shameless Crafting, Batman. OMG, thank you so much for the laugh. I really needed it!!!! I will have to rummage through the "vintage" patterns I have...lol

7/23/2005 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger francie said...

good god... i must have one of those beer purses!!!!! and thanks to deborah for the flashback on the beer cap hot pads. i used to absolutely love playing with those when i was little.... funny.... wonder if that aided in my drinking habits.... i'd pay you dearly for a copy of that purse pattern!!!!

7/30/2005 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger abecker said...

I have searched high and low for patterns for beer can hats. The only one I could find wasn't NEARLY as great as these. And that purse is the best! Is there any way that I can get the patterns??

8/25/2005 09:50:00 PM  
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10/02/2005 01:48:00 AM  
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10/03/2005 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Mrs. McYarnpants, Any chance you have the patterns for those beer can hats? I'd like to make one as a Christmas gag gift but the only patterns I've found so far are these: http://members.tripod.com/CarolynMurphy/canhat1.html

Don't get me wrong, they're ok - just not what I was hoping for. But the ones Miss Evelyn created (especially the Bud and Pepsi ones) are EXACTLY what I was hoping for.

10/03/2005 08:22:00 PM  
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10/03/2005 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

I had a beer can hat. Well, it was a Pepsi Can hat, my mom didn't think a beer can hat was appropriate for a 12 year old.

10/07/2005 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous patricia said...

Waaay too funny! Makes you wonder what the blogs will contain in 30 years (will there be blogs in 30 years?).

What I find so amusing is yesterday, I rec'd an ebay item that contained, among other vintage fun stuff, (drum roll, please) The BeerCan Hat Pattern Page, Labeled: Crochet This Attractive Beer Can Hat. (wild applause). Sadly, this is the same page Debbie found at members.tripod.....canhat1.html; no purses or pepsi hats. My DH and I had fun laughing at the pattern; for some odd reason, he turned down my offer to make one for him. Go Figure.

I found your blog from the BellaOnline Crochet forum - and I'm bookmarking it for sure! thanks for your article on The Museum of Kitsch! Not everyone has your breadth of vision...

10/17/2005 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Gwen said...

I would absolutely love to have the patterns for the beer can hats and the purse is to die for. Love your blog!!!

12/05/2005 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

OMG!!!!!!! My mother MADE THOSE HATS!!!!

I have not seen them since the early 70s. Mom made Budwieser hats, Pabst Blue Ribbon hats, Coke Hats, Pepsi hats, 7-Up hats... She did not buy the pattern book. She looked at the picture in a magazine and figured it out for herself. She sold them at a local small flea market.

This was Deja-Vu, not in a good way...

12/07/2005 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Joan C. said...

We want YARNFACE! Merry Christmas to you Stichy, and to all of your listeners..

12/24/2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger kevbosnafu said...

Great stuff! I have one of those beer can hats in my museum. Classics!

Great blog.

12/26/2005 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous purse said...

Cool site. I like the style. Have a happy new year. Take care
purse

12/29/2005 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too would love to have your patterns for beer/soda can apparel!! My mom wants to make some hats and I can't remember how I did it 30 years ago!

Valo@clearwire.net

1/01/2006 03:14:00 AM  
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Anonymous alexas said...

nice.....can i say, though, that at our parties in high school and college, that the "weird old guy" was always wearing a crochet and beer can hat. we made lots of fun. maybe they were this lady's sons!

2/03/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

That is freakin' hilarious. Just goes to show how creativity can sometimes go overboard!

2/14/2006 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like the pattern for beer can hats also if you have it thank you. love yours

3/01/2006 02:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Eloise said...

Love the hats! I had never seen them before. My Hubby told me about them. I got a good laugh. I would love to have the pattern for the purse. I added your site to my favorites.
Love it!!
Kiki

9/02/2006 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

A guy I work with wants me to make him a beer can hat!! Oh my goodness! That is too funny.

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