Sunday, 3 September 2006

Precious Jumpers

Matching His n Hers, His n His, and Hers n Hers handknits for your viewing pleasure. The graphic designers and photographers who put together Patons knitting patterns in the last decades of the twentieth century made heroic contributions to Australian society and culture which deserve far greater recognition and acclaim than they have yet received. In addition to the obvious difficulties associated with making handknitted jumpers look not-appalling, there is the challenge (probably insurmountable) of photographing two people wearing variations on the same thing without making them look too much like cultists or frumpy sexual deviants.








Knit up one of these jumpers and who knows? you too could find yourself at the school fete being sexually harrassed by Evel Knievel.







I will never, never part with "The Warm Ones."





A World of Their Own...where They Plot Your Death.

28 comments:

joanna said...

although I'm from the USA, these patterns bring back memories of my teen years--of wishing that I looked good in hot pants and skinny ribbed tops, and of taking sewing lessons, where I made a tie-dyed skirt and a dress (which fell apart, alas!).

Another Outspoken Female said...

What is it about men in 70's knitwear that makes them look like they are EITHER gay or paedophiles? And kids either look like they are tripping or plotting heinous crimes?

Zoe said...

Ooh, lovely. But you're missing something - I know! It's the one I've got at home with a young Molly Meldrum on the cover. Let me know if you'd like to see that little beauty.

David said...

I have looked at these pictures three times now and I am still laughing. At myself I suppose, really. But what I really want to know is, is 'teh' a different word from 'the'? Does one say it 'the' and write it 'teh'? What distinguishes it from 'the'? I am pretty sure it is different from 'the' and the differences aren't subtle.

lucy tartan said...

Why laughing at yourself David? Are you wearing one of these jumpers? To the best of my belief,'teh' connotes: a) internet discourses done by persons who are typing faster than their brains can move, and/or b) geek intensifier, eg 'my LAN administrator is teh awesome'. It may also be just a typo. I don't know how you pronounce it.

I have posted from the knitting pattern stash before, probably better ones last time - here.

FXH said...

I'm still waiting for the answer to the hot pants problem. To knit or crochet?

On a slightly related issue; I'm distrubed by this "new" fashion thing with kind of tailored longish hoping to be dressed up women's shorts. Only on youngish things, thank god, at this point. Point is, they don't look good on anyone. Even anorexic teenagers.

I'm betting (subtle hey?) they will be big at this years Melb Cup and associated slapper fests.

paoyi said...

Slapper fests? ehehehehehehe :D

Cardigan guy just needs a pipe and a brandy to complete the ensemble. As for his friend.... I would prefer it if he put his hands up in the air where I can see them. The dude has creepy eyes that follow you, not matter which angle you look at him.

And the kids are too creepy for words. I'm recalling twins locked up by their mother, ala flowers in the attic? Or perhaps just Hansel and Gretel, after they killed the witch, ate the house, developed a taste for committing homocides, and went on a killing spree through their village.

Kate said...

Actually, with a bit -- okay, make that a lot -- of work the warm ones jumpers wouldn't be too bad. I quite like the technique used to make the two-tone stripes.

Your blog looks good for me today, yesterday it was rather terrifying but today it all clicked into place.

David said...

Yes, I am dressed just like the warm one on the right. His ensemble is actually the same jumper as warm one on the left, but with a kind of brown wool 'string' vest over it. In summer you can just wear the vest.

lucy tartan said...

Glad the blog is decreasingly scary, Kate. I saw it today in IE and felt a bit scared myself.

I agree, being a Warm One could be all right in some conditions, but never, never when you're standing next to a second Warm One.

Paoyi you're right about the eyes. And what's he got in his pocket? A French Knitting thing for making spare cardigan sashes?

FXH, those pants are called gauchos, and I don't hate them myself, though it's true that they make the wearer look like Stumpy McStumpifer.

FXH said...

Aren't gauchos below the knee - the ones I'm talking about are above the knee.

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Suse said...

Ahem, my brother and I feature in a good many Patons 1970s knitting patterns, all matching jumpers and toothy grins.

(My father worked in advertising, and made us do it. After that, he made us go down t' mines).

Suse said...

Oh I forgot. Have you visited threadbared.com ??

Hilarious.

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Mindy said...

Those two guys leaning on the car need a warning attached - these are the men your mother warned you about...

Val said...

I like you new look blog (liked the old one too). Thanks for the advice on waiting before leaping into blogger's beta version. I know someone who lost their whole previous blog in the transition. Must do a backup of my own blog (have been saying this for months now).

lucy tartan said...

Thanks Val. Yeah, I'm thinking of adding to the header - DON'T CHANGE TO BETA YET!!

It does nifty new tricks, but I don't get why they haven't added the obvious thing missing from Blogger - the capacity to ban selected ip addresses.

Mindy, my mum was too busy knitting to issue warnings of that kind. And a very good knitter she is too.

Threadbared is very funny! Boynton put me onto it, many moons ago.

FXH, maybe the pants you don't like are the ones Go Fug Yourself describes as 'formal shorts.'

Kate said...

Or 'city shorts'. I hate them too. Last night I went to hairdresser school to be a model (because I like my haircuts free) and they were all wearing them with wedges and their massive hairdresser hair.

Ampersand Duck said...

I'm sorry, I just can't stop looking at 'The warm ones'. It's a work of genius.

We need cat knitting patterns. Or at least mock-cat knitting patterns. What happened to all those doll cardigans and vests our mothers made for us as kids? Surely they'd fit the cats?

worldpeace_and_aspeedboat said...

oh man! are the Warm Ones gunna score with the lay-deez tonite, or what?

Mindy said...

It's not knitting but it's very cute cat dress ups

Mindy said...

or you could look in stupid cat links and find it there. (sorry)

fluffy said...

Did I not comment when this was fresh? I am a dolt! I've been sending the link to this post round on the email and getting much milage out ot it.

Would you say the children of World Of Their Own are Bershon?

lucy tartan said...

Hell yes I would. Bershon is EXACTLY what they are. Nasty little brats.

worldpeace_and_aspeedboat said...

oooh Min that site is bluddy priceless! I haven't seen such pissed-orf cats ina long time ;)

btw I forgot, Zoe, I'll see your Molly Meldrum and raise you a Deborah Conway... we should do a celebrity knitting post sometime.

worldpeace_and_aspeedboat said...

ahhh! take the /english away from the CatPrin site and you got soooo many more fashions! pink angel wings. mob-cap with plaits. samurai top-knots. elephant ears. and... a wee hogwarts hat and cape. fabulous :)


(btw I'm sorely tempted by the Gentleman's Package for only 2500Y)

lucy tartan said...

Deborah Conway rings a faint bell - is it Sweet and Sour vintage?

If you like Cat Prin then check out CAT TOWN. Plastic underpants recommended.