Something away from books today as a palate cleanser from all those best of lists! Plug the word ‘Ephemera’ into the search bar or click here, and you’ll bring up a rich variety of bits of vintage paper, most of which hail from my late mum, who was an inveterate newspaper clipper. I found this clipping the other day whilst looking for something completely different, but there’s no clue which newspaper it came from (probably the Daily Mail or the Daily Express back in the early 1960s).
Crochet an Afghan bedspread
The art of crochet is one I’ve never mastered. I can knit (reasonably) well, but I was never taught to crochet. Afghan squares were big in the 1960s, people crocheted them and sewed them together to make fringed waistcoats, shoulder bags, and bedspreads of course. My mum made a blanket for my dolls – and I still have it!
You’ll notice she didn’t do the full seven sequences in the pattern for these mini squares, just four, resulting in a blanket that is approx A3 size, and perfect for your average sized doll or teddy. It got well-used by me, and my daughter used it too when she was little, but I reclaimed it once past that phase and squirrelled it away once again. It must be over 55 years old and still looks and feels as good as new (probably not washed much!).