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I recently came across the blog Handmade by Mother, in which Victoria Dunn posts up (and occasionally mocks) vintage patterns.
In truth, I really just wanted to share this photo. The boy on the right looks like he’s about to break the clarinet over his knee and go postal. I guess this is a reminder not to force your craft on someone. If you want to knit a musical notes sweater, that’s fine. But putting it on an unwilling 9-year-old boy, complete with neck kerchief, lederhosen, knee socks, uncomfortable fancy shoes, and a clarinet, and documenting it for all perpetuity is not very nice.
First Noel Sweater, McCall’s Needlework & Crafts, 1983

Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.


    Funny! It makes me think of the sweaters Mrs Weasley knits for Harry and her children every Christmas.
    Then I spent about half an hour reading through posts on that blog – hilarious!