Thursday, June 18, 2015

Crochet hangers

Tilda yarn can be purchased in my Yarn Shop.
I've always admired the pretty crochet hangers you find on thrift markets. Often they are in odd colors but always made with perfection. I imagine a traditional housewife making those hangers in the mid 40's and 50's. She probably made them between cooking dinner and ironing school uniforms, dusting and making sure her husband's lunch sandwich was prepared and neatly packed up for work... Well, that is what I imagine. A little bit of rosy shimmering housewife mentality from a lost age, in a light and cozy home with the radio on. A time when feminism, technology and capitalism was not even heard of... Or hardly spoken about anyway. And no social media or Blogland existed...

I imagine those days as less stressful for some reason, but I might be totally wrong. What do I know about being a woman in the mid 50's or even the 40's? It might have been just hell. But those crochet hangers gives me a sense of a romantic and calm era where we prioritized differently and spent more time making than surfing... When that woman made those crochet hangers I truly believe she enjoyed the task. Even if it was a chore like everything else.

Inspired by the vintage crochet hangers, I started to make my own, picking colors from my Tilda yarn in my Yarn Shop. And I just can't stop. This is a crochet project where all the boxes are ticked in for:

• Color Therapy Joy
• Crochet Love
• Quick & Easy
• Practical & Useful
• Great Satisfaction
• Addictive
• Makes for great gifts

You should make some. Tutorial coming soon - stay tuned!

NOTE: Find the Vintage Crochet Hanger Tutorial here.


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  1. Very pretty and you can't beat working with cotton. :)
    I think I would have liked being a housewife then too. Not for everyone I'm sure - but it would have suited me and I would have been fulfilled - or maybe that's rose tinted specs? x

  2. I love them. Such a romantic look ❤️

  3. Childhoodmemories!
    Thank you. I might join you with making them!

    I invite you to share at my link up today. By the way you are mentioned twice in todays blogpost :o)
    Have a nice day

  4. Hej Annette
    När jag var en liten flicka då brukade jag virka sådana klädhängare som julklappar till mamma, mormor, farmor eller andra släktingar som uppskattade sådana självproducerade "konstverk".
    Jag har fortfarande kvar några i min garderob, men jag vet inte, om jag fortfarande kan mönstret.
    Så ser jag fram emot att lära det igen genom din tutorial :-)
    Hälsningar Marianne

  5. It seems rather more the norm for women to have been v unhappy. Often they were treated as unpaid drudges. Much fiction of the time dwells on their unhappy and trapped state. Women are often in a state of hopeless ennui. Their skills and talents (largely under-developed anyway, as it was considered pointless to bother much with women who would be married soon anyway) were cast aside and forgotten at the time of marriage. They had little autonomy or social freedoms and no status within the marriage and were often kept short of money. Housekeeping had to work miracles which they had to be accountable for, and often there would be no personal or private money to spend on themselves, or even to properly pay for the needs of the children. One of the reasons why child benefit in the UK was paid directly to mothers - so the money would get where it was needed.

    Pregnancies were numerable in comparison with now which affected the physical and mental health of women who were often coping with unwanted pregnancies. Husbands ruled the roost and sometimes with their fists which was largely condoned. There was nowhere to go if you wanted to leave the home as women's work did not give you a liveable wage and certainly would not provide you with your own family home to raise children in alone, should you have the temerity to find your home life insufferable and want to leave. Think too of all those stories of 'spinster' women in bedsits, even professional women such as teachers lived like this. That was a reality as all that could be afforded. Women could not buy houses as mortgages would not be given to them - even if they had a salary that supported the payments. Money or time was not invested in education for women and they often left school at 15. Often work was something like the typing pool where you worked in subservient roles until you married. Even if you had a better job you were paid far less than a man doing the same job. People married out of financial need and social requirement and then put up with their mismatched partners for life. Many married young, and did so to get off 'the shelf', so love might not come into the equation at all. You were expected to be ruled by your husband as 'head of the household'. It was he who went out to work, and he who doled out the money and whose will was all. If he wanted to get drunk, hit you and have other women, so be it. You had no where to go so put up with it. It was actually a whole lot worse and more constricting than the picture I have painted. I have watched many programmes with lots of interviews from women at the time, read lots of interviews and seen fictionalised books and films as well. It really was pretty grim and relentless. Many women were medicated to get them through it, which of course presented a whole lot of other issues and concerns.

    Of course it is a faster pace of life now but, we have far more autonomy and choices in life. We can survive without men if we choose, or if circumstances dictate it. We have laws to protect us. We still have lots of inequalities however and women do not receive fair remuneration for the work they do even though the law says we should. Often the work which women predominantly do, is paid far less than that done predominantly by men. As more women went into teaching, the salaries went down, making it a less attractive career to men, so now mainly women do teaching as a vocational job (that word vocational always allows us to pay less in society - think nurses, also still largely done by women), and men go and work in a field that pays them better. However, even though they are not taking many of the teaching roles, a huge percentage of the head teaching jobs go to men - in other words they are regularly promoted over women. That is just one example of the inequalities that still exist today. But compared to women from yester year, we have it so much better! We also live a dream compared to so many women in so many parts of the world. Hurrah for feminism! (And thank you.)

  6. Verkligen jättesöta! Om jag virkade mig några sådana kanske klädhögen på stolen blir mindre ;) ?

  7. Beautiful hangers. You are so clever.

  8. Que bonitos son las perchas y muy bonito los colores felicidades

  9. Fantastic job. I was gonna comment can you post how'd you hook them when I reread to the end and saw you'll have the tutorial soon. :O)

  10. Lovely! I've wanted to make some of those for a-g-e-s just haven't made it to the top of my list yet.

  11. Gorgeous hanger, one of the things on my 'would like to do list'!! The tilda yarns have such gorgeous colours. x

  12. I would be very interested in a tutorial!
    For the tutorial it would also be nice to know what kind of hangers you have used and where one can buy them. Or if one could use just any type of hanger...


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