I love Eurovision. Bear with me. I know this doesn’t look crochet-related, but it is.
Eurovision has been one of the highlights of my year, along with World’s Strongest Man at Christmas time, ever since I was small. I love the highly variable quality of the music, the gimmicks, the crazy costumes, the inappropriate commentary, the hope during voting, the devastation when we are marked poorly, and (vary rarely) the joy when we do well. It has a personal significance because the last time the UK won it (1997, in case you were wondering) also marked the evening when my OH and I had our first date. So it also operates as our official anniversary.
Sometimes we have a party, but more often we just get in food which is roughly representative of the various nations participating, put it on the table in the living room, and go on a culinary journey around the world, as well as a musical one.
I feel the need to celebrate Eurovision this year with something suitably tacky-retro to crochet whilst I am watching it. For me, it is so closely associated with the 70s and 80s that I decided to pick out a quick stashbusting make out of these vintage pattern books that I bought a while ago.
My mum used to have patterns like these when I was a child, but they were given away before I could acquire them. But what to make? I am leaning towards a retro tea cosy, or perhaps a toilet roll cover, as some of the costumes worn this year do remind me of one of those crocheted dolls that you used to find at your friend’s house, dressing up the toilet rolls.
But I think a tea cosy is more me. Tea and Eurovision are life essentials. So I think I will go with this one.
I also have an idea in my head for my own retro take on a peg bag, as I need a new one and I have loads of acrylic to use up. If I get to make it this weekend I will pop it up here as a quick make, along with my other free patterns. And speaking of quick makes, I haven’t forgotten about the next part of the retro blanket. So make sure you are up to Part 2 as Part 3 will be along soon!