AtoZ Challenge...V&W...Vintage-Vogue-Vanna & Workbasket

In the world of crochet, Vanna has become a Super Star.  She proclaimed crocheting as her 'Favorite Hobby' in the April-May 1993 issue of The WORKBASKET.  In the featured article, Vanna said, "I learned to crochet by watching a former hairdresser on the show who was making an afghan.  She was left-handed, and I just learned to do it that way."  So, yes, Vanna turns puzzle letters with her right hand, but crochets with her left hand.

Vanna was 36 years of age when featured in The WORKBASKET.  Several years later her crochet hobby grew into a full fledged business with the introduction of her line of yarn.

Vanna's Choice is a line of yarn marketed under the Lion Brand Yarn company.  Today, Vanna is the author of numerous crochet books, patterns and pamphlets.

I love her yarn for it's softness and ease in crocheting and knitting.  I primarily use it for Prayer Shawls, Scarves and Baby items.  It comes in a variety of colors and textures. 


The oldest issue of The WORKBASKET in my collection is from September 1962 and cost 15 cents.  That one and two others from 1963 and 1964 were antique shop finds.

In the 1980's I had a subscription to The WORKBASKET, and looked forward to receiving them in the mail.   My collection grew through the years from hand-me-downs and an inheritance. 

You might think inheriting a stack of The WORKBASKET a strange thing for one to leave in a 'Will'.  An unofficial one, but none the less written on a slip of paper and bundled  together with string...FOR SUE.

Thank-you Aunt Irene...I treasure everyone with your name and address label to remind me of the places you lived and enjoyed receiving them in the mail.

Bet you didn't know Superstar Crystal Gayle is a knitter!  I didn't either until I read it in this 1992 issue.  Crystal stated that her mother taught her to knit and her first project was a sweater with dropped stitches...(we know what that causes - holes)...she wore it anyway.
What's in your Workbasket?
I have several filled with Vanna's Choice!


  1. I remember that article and I remember Vanna White promoting crocheting over the years - what a spokesperson for our craft. I also remember Women's Day magazine having crochet patterns all the time. Ah, those were the days! (Strangely - I haven't bought Vanna's yarns all that much. I'm more partial to the wool blends nowadays for the small amount of crocheting I still do.) Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  2. never heard of Workbasket magazine, etc. Interesting stuff here

  3. Go Vanna. Who knew? I don't think I would ever want a granny-square top, but she makes it look boho-chique.

  4. I crochet and learned from my grandmother, I wish that I had any magazines or pamphlets that she might have had, you know how fashion goes away and comes back again. I've seen more granny squares on the fashion runways this year than I ever saw in clothing in the 70's! Pull out some of those patterns and I'll bet someone would be thrilled to have the finished product! I knew about vanna but not about Crystal Gale, but I shouldn't have been surprised. Katey Sagal is another Knitter that surprised me. I'll have to be on the look out for Workbasket magazines.

  5. My mom use to get workbasket
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  6. Interesting information. I enjoyed reading it! :)
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