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We’ve Moved! 

I approached the board, peered over, and jumped. I took the dive.

To a better, hosted website that is! 

I’ll still be blogging, I’ll still be using The Workbasket, the only difference is that you can find all future posts at My Workbasket.

So be sure to update any bookmarks. Please excuse any mess while I get everything settled, and I’d love to hear from you in a comment over there to know you made it! 

To my lovely followers and subscribers, I’m not sure if your subscription will switch automatically, or if you have to do it manually, so feel free to sign up again on the new site! I’ll be setting up features on the new site over the next several days, so if there isn’t a subscription area just give me time and it will appear! 

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Childhood Homes

Since posting the February issue I’ve been gone, and I apologize. I went home again. Well, not home, where I live now is home, but I went to my childhood home. 

It’s always interesting to return there. I lived there for 15 years, it’s the only home I really know other the house I live in now. A few places I was to young to remember and one apartment my husband and I had for exactly one year. We’ve been in our current house almost 12 or 13 years. But my childhood home and my current home are worlds apart. Not in distance. The drive only takes about 8 hours, but in everything else. My current home is 3 stories, lots of stairs, in the suburbs, and my childhood home is one level, small, and in the country. 

The biggest differences though are in the little things. Whenever I visit I find myself reaching far to high on the wall for a light switch, or preparing to climb the stairs to do something. The shower also reminds me of the scene in elf, with Will Ferrell trying to shower in the elf shower at the North Pole, though I’m not entirely sure how my shower is so different. 

My son doesn’t even realize he has the best of borth worlds. Riding around the country one day, and then friends up and down the street at home the next. I say every time I go that you shouldn’t be able to cross so many worlds in such a short drive. 

Usually while my son enjoys the country life and time with grandparents I do two, well three, things; craft, shop at thrift stores, and relax. Thrift stores there are so much cheaper than at home, and I usually drop $20 or more the first day and half fill my car. So I figured while I was there I’d find some awesome stuff to show you and finish some projects to post. 

Well, neither of those things happened! I’ve never bought less on a visit there then I did this time. Three balls of Cebelias crochet thread, which came packaged with a hairpin lace pin was all the crafty stuff I bought! I was hoping for a metal mold that I can bake with, and found several but they all had rust spots. I do home to find a good one, and may even try to track down a boring new one. I was hoping for some cool vintage craft supplies but found none! I got a cool mandoline slicer that I hope works, and a few random Corelle and Pyrex pieces. Nothing amazing that warranted a post. 

And I made progress on a project but haven’t finished any! 

It also turns out that if anything had been worth telling you about I probably couldn’t have. Wifi issues and no cell phone signal either! Country life. 

But rest assured, while nothing on the trip was worth sharing I’m home now and I’ve got tons of stuff coming up! Recipes for one! The project I made progress on will be showing up soon too. 

Home again, home again, jiggety jig. Returned from one world and into the other…

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February 1967

I’ve only been doing this blog a few months, but this is the first time that two months were randomly picked (and voted on) that were sequential! I do hope it’s a rare occurrence but I also think it’s kinda neat. Since I already talked last month about what kind of year 1967 was let me jump right into debuting this issue!

Last month I let members vote on which issue I would use from three randomly selected February issues. 1967 got the most votes and will be the issue I follow this month. (1975 had the second most votes and will be featured in March)

The cover is colorful and fun, but gives zero info about what to expect inside:

What can you expect inside? A LOT! This is easily the thickest issue I’ve done so far! Just look at this table of contents! 

There no way I could make even half of these projects for you this month, but here is a few of my favorites.

I’m hoping to do a post about rug, and potentially purse, hooking. Including the use of a vintage tool from my recent ebay win. 

We all knew this day would come!! A jello mold will be used and a “Ripe Olive Empress Salad” WILL be made! Anyone want to help taste test?!?

This edging is already in the works, and the completed project will be showing up soon. 

I’m hoping to make this felt heart. It’s supposed to be for lipstick, but I may make more of a sewing kit. 

I was SUPER excited for these slippers until I saw it called for an “inner sole” so I don’t know if I can make them or not. 

This will hopefully be made, though not in colors called for. I could be mistaken, but the colors seem to be Eastern Star colors, which I think would be super cute if you are in the Eastern Stars, but I am not. 
A new tatted edge to try. 

There are some great ads I’m hoping to feature this month, and SO many recipes I hope to try. There will be a garden themed post because one of my houseplants is in desperate need of attention and is one of the featured varieties this issue. 

Posted in Craft Projects

It’s so CUTE! 

This month’s issue, January 1967, didn’t have a ton of projects I was dedicated to make, but one of the ones I did decide to do was this adorable baby sweater. 

Here is a little fact I may have mentioned before, I’m not a sweater maker. I’ve only ever made, and finished, three sweaters before in my life.  I also kinda made a vest. But I really wanted to make this sweater. It had a stitch pattern which adds to my chance of completion, and it is small, which increases my chances even more. 

So I started. Since when I picked the yarn I didn’t know who it would be for I picked a nice neutral cream color. Then, by the time I started the project someone announced they were pregnant. Still, cream works for everyone. I had a basic Pound of Love in my stash, and decided to use that. Best feature of this yarn is that it still has several baby sweaters worth of yarn still in the skein. Worst feature, the yarn barf. SO much yarn barf. If you’re unaware, yarn barf is when you go to pull out more yarn from the center and this happens:

And with this skein it happened, and happened, and happened. Just over and over again. I couldn’t believe with such a popular, basic yarn that it would happen SO much. 

I started this sweater last weekend, worked on it a little at a time while watching TV and such, and finished it this weekend! 

Here’s my stopping point before sleeves:

It totally looks like a sweater! Accomplishment!! 

The instructions were all very easy to follow. The stitch pattern was easy but kept it from being tedious, was easy to memorize, and created a really cute pattern. I accidentally messed up the button holes, forgot to start them in the ribbing in the bottom, so I just started them above the ribbing and spaced them evenly.  The sleeves were also very easy. The sleeves were so easy in fact that I managed to knit one with two 9 year old boys in the same room, with both the computer and tv going in addition to the usual racket two 9 year olds make! 

After the main sweater was done I had one tiny problem with the neckline. The pattern said to pick up four stitches on each side, and despite all my numbers being right so far, four just wasn’t enough. I needed to pick up six stitches to not have glaring holes. That was the only time in the whole sweater that anything didn’t work exactly as the pattern said. 

I have to say, my seams were awesome! I’m not always great at sewing up seams on knit items, but I stood up and cheered after completing this! Here’s to practice!! 

It came out adorable! Like a little man sweater, that would also look great on a girl. Just so stinking cute. Makes me wish I was keeping it. I added yellow round buttons instead of the ducks the pattern called for, and I sewed in a little “hand made” label. Sonce drawstrings are avoided on kids clothes these days I didn’t add it, and it really isn’t needed. 

I feel like this is a great example of why I love the Workbasket. The patterns are just so timeless. This is a 50 year old pattern that still can be made today. Some magazines had such fads that the only real value is laughs, but not the Workbasket! 

I’m very proud of this sweater. I really feel like if you picked it up you would think it was from a fancy baby store, and not handmade with stashed mass market acrylic yarn. The time it took to make was great too! You could start upon receiving a baby shower invitation and have it done in time for the shower! 

I know I’ve seen this stitch pattern before, and thought maybe it was a seed rib stitch, but it isn’t. I can’t remember the name of it correctly, and if I figure it out I’ll let you know, but here is the very simple stitch pattern:

1. Knit one row

2. Knit one purl one across row.

Repeat one and two.

The back side creates a gentle nubby fabric that would be great for washclothes and dishclothes. Or two layers thick would be a great hot pad! 

And now that this sweater is done I’m already on to the next project! Crochet hook in hand and working on a hot pad! 

Posted in Craft Projects

It’s round! It’s flat! It’s…

Another potholder! Or as the magazine calls it a dish mat. 

And I’m super in love with it. It’s beautiful, fun, colorful, and quick! This complete project took just a few hours. I didn’t time myself, but maybe 3ish hours, total. It had some neat techniques, like that alternating edge. 

This potholder is from this pattern in the January 1967 issue. 

The original used red and white, but I opted for green. It has less contrast but is still pretty. 

Now to figure out where to put it. For now it’s on the table, but I already need to reorganize my pot holder stash, and there’s another one to make next month! 

Posted in Recipes

National Chocolate Cake Day

I woke up this morning and during my caffeination time Facebook scrolling I saw that it is National Chocolate Cake Day! How handy! For one, we always have fun dinner with a special dessert on Friday. For two, the January 1967 issue I’m currently doing had a big section on cakes! So I started around 10:30 or 11 this morning making a cake, and finally at 7:30 got to actually eat some of it. 

Some people are kitchenaid fans, but I’m a Bosch girl. My Bosch made quick work of the cake batter, but left me wondering, Why is it called Red Regal Chocolate Cake?? If the batter was any example though, the cake would taste good! 

Now, I had to substitute the recipe a bit. I have Celiac disease and have to follow a gluten free diet. I was a little alarmed at the cake flour it called for. So I was taking a risk. I used 1 cup of my personal blend of all purpose flour, 1 and 1/4 cup of corn starch, and 1 teaspoon of xanthun gum. Shifted together and then measured out to the 2 1/4 cup total the recipe needed. 

So far so good! I thought they were 8 inch pans and was prepped to need to fill some muffin cups or something with the leftover batter, BUT the chocolate cake gods were smiling on me, either they are 9 inch pans or something went perfectly wrong in my recipe. It filled two pans just right! 

A slightly rounded top, but not even worth trimming. 

I tend to feel that homemade cake should look a certain way. I don’t pull out all the stops unless it’s a burthday, and even then I still keep it homestyle. I made a chocolate sourcream frosting. 

Here’s my recipe, in a method I call Troll Cooking (From The Troll Cookbook, essentially there is no measurements and it makes how much it makes) 

Butter- generous

Spash of milk

Glub of sour cream

Lots of confectioners sugar until it’s icing

Funny side story, my som distracted me and instead of the small splash of milk I must have used a generous glug, because it made a TON. I threw in an entire bag of sugar and it laughed at me. I had to have my husband bring home more sugar so I could finish. I spooned a ton of the chocolate soup out, and was able to fix the frosting without making enough for 500 cakes. I tossed some chocolate soup down the sink, and saved some for possible doughtnuts frosting. 

And that’s why it’s Red Regal! Somehow, for reasons I cannot explain, it comes out red colored! Red tinted. Not red red, but there is a definite tint. It got thumbs up all the way around! It was rich and moist but not TO rich. Tasted great with some coffee! My husband surprised me with a Ninja when he came home from work!!! 

Homemade cappuccino and a big slice of cake! What a way to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day! And I got this post up before the holiday is over, though probably to late for you to make this recipe for your celebration. But, everyday should be chocolate cake day, so just make it tomorrow! 

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Wooden Tools

My love of vintage doesn’t stop with just magazines, or textiles, or housewares, it really just goes on and on. I also love and tend to acquire vintage craft tools.I often  browse ebay for random lots of vintage supplies. Sometimes I get a real winner. Recently on ebay I won a lot of “vintage rugmaking tools,” but like most people they didn’t know what they had. This particular lot was about half craft, and half other. 

Two of these items belong in a kitchen. Do you know which ones?!?

Three would be near a closet, dresser, or shoe rack. 

Two I feel certain are actually toy drum sticks. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I considered bobbins for bobbin lace but just don’t think so. 

And some, little cone shaped pieces, I don’t actually know what they are! 

The star of the lot was the tufting tool shown above, and this gem that you’ll hear more about later. The seemingly handmade crochet hook next to it is beautiful as well. 

I got this, which I don’t actually know what it is. Any ideas?? Unfinished project perhaps? 

And 50 points to the reader who knows what this is. 

I bet my son $5 but he couldn’t figure it out. I know already, and had one before, though I prefer the special spoon instead. If you know what it is, or any of the other items, play along and comment below! 

Do you also buy miscellanous vintage tools and oddities? Or am I the only one? 

Posted in Craft Projects

Snack Hound

When I saw the ad on the back of the January 1967 issue I became infatuated with the Snack Hound. 

The National Handcraft Society,  aka The Fad of the Month Club, was a long running craft club that has lots of advertisements in the Workbasket over the years. What I found interesting is that there were also membership pins! If you remained a member for one year you got a little gold pin. So cool. 

You can still find the kits on ebay, and other second hand sources like thrift stores and yard sales.  I decided to try to track down a Snack Hound, so I set to work. 

I found a kit pretty quickly, but NOT from 1967, and sadly they changed designs over the years. Instead of the noodly dog which appears to be a dowel they switched to shorter, probably sturdier, design called the Party Pup. I got my kit, with the original paperwork and saw there was also a Book Hound! 

Instead of 1967 my Pup was from 1976. But I still think he’s pretty cute! I admit, I do like the 60s style spindly dog better, but I’m pretty happy! 

I spent the weekend assembling my pup, and all in all it was pretty easy. The wood quality wasn’t amazing, but hard to say if that was effected by time or not. The original white glue packet was included but, obviously, quite dried up. However the original stain worked great! I was a little concerned about using white glue instead of wood glue but wanted to keep itauthentic and the instructions included some extra steps that really made the white glue hold surprisingly well! 

I will say, for the name Party Pup he certainly isn’t party sized. I was a litte surprised at how small he was. But all glued together he does take up a decent amount of space. 

I used a gluing jig I have to make him nice and balanced and hold everything together while it dried. And I think he came out great! 

We loaded him up with my “perkiest napkin” and some homemade tortilla chips. I my buy some cute paper cocktail napkins just to go with him. My cloth napkins were all to big and this larger paper napkin didn’t work great either. Unfolded was to big and folded was almost to small. Hopefully an unfolded small napkin will be perfect. 

How can you resist this face!?!

The kit itself was great! If I stumbled upon more Fad of the Month Club kits I’d buy them and make them in a heartbeat. It was very easy to assemble and the main reason it took all weekend was drying time between steps, and general putzing around on other projects. He’s been finished and waiting for his collar for several days too. And I’m not giving up hope on one day finding a 1967 spindley version Snack Hound! 

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Crochet Hook Review

I’ve been crafting for most, dare I even say all, of my life, but truth be told I’m not very good about keeping up with my supplies. I can never find the right hook, or needle, or what have you, when I need it. I probably own 6 of them, but who knows where they are. It’s terrible I know, I’m working on it. When I started this blog I knew I needed to spend time on productivity, not time searching for materials, and I opted to buy a cheap set of crochet hooks. Since I know I own all the sizes (even invested in a complete Susan Bates set ages ago) I didn’t want to spend a lot, because I’m also working on organizing all my supplies and will eventually find all the ones I own already. 

I had seen a cheap set of hooks all over the internet and opted to get one of them. I’ve seen it with various brands and labels, but you can usually tell it’s the same set. I’ve seen it on ebay, Amazon, Wish, and others. I ordered it from Amazon for around $5 for the set. 

This month I saw an ad for a Crochet Hook set, originally sold by Lee Wards and it reminded me of the set I bought. 

Complete set of hooks, low price, very comparable to the set I bought right? The set I bought is the modern equavalent to this set. Though I’d venture to bet the Lee Wards set was much nicer. 

The set I bought came in a nice zipper case. 

Not the most amazing case, but nice enough, especially for the price. And I like that it zippers so no hooks fall out. 

It came with quite the stash of hooks, and I was especially excited for all the small thread sizes. 

None of them are labelled with letter sizes, but that didn’t bother me. I tend to grab a random size that is close enough and either go for it or do a guage swatch. 

The larger more colorful hooks are nice, no snags, they do the job. Some people may like pointier hooks, or rounder hooks, but preference aside these do work. The steel thread hooks though are awful!!! So awful! They are not filed or cut well, they have chunks hanging off that snag the thread. In fact I even held a piece of yarn in my fingers and cut it in half by rubbing a hook back and forth on it only a few times! 

I’m not sure how well it shows in the photo, but trust me, it’s bad. 

So all said and done what’s my take? This set isn’t bad for a beginner. I’d throw out all the small hooks and just keep the colorful ones, but still a set of hooks and a decent case for around $5 is a deal in my book. In a pinch you can very carefully use the steel hooks to see if you like thread crochet, or for a small project. Also some of the steel ones were worse than others, so you may be able to utilize a few of them. So if you know you enjoy crochet I suggest investing in a better set, but this isn’t a bad set to give it a try, or for a back up set. Some other brands, while they appear identical in photos, could I suppose have better steel hooks, I wouldn’t know without buying them all. 

Posted in Craft Chatter


Hello hello! 

Recently there was a discussion in the comments about posting patterns from the magazine, and I would love to do it. However, I don’t want to share anything until I find out the legal aspects of copywrite. I called the US Copyright Office today and haven’t made much ground. So I’m going to keep digging and researching, and if at any point I discover whether I can (or cannot) share patterns, I’ll let you know! 

Just wanted to do an official post instead of writing in the comments, so that no one missed it. 

If anyone out there happens to know any company names that may help my search just let me know. 🙂 

Now I’m off to work, have to work on some of the projects I’m getting ready to share with you.