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Wasn’t the picture of the future painted in the past a lot more fun than the “future” really is? All those robots that were supposed to take the drudgery out of every day, rockets to the moon, the magic of science.

Sue Culligan has captured some of that retro-futuristic whimsy in her collection Knits of Tomorrow. The book includes 20 fun patterns for all sorts of accessories and toys with a retro-future twist. There’s a dog sweater with robo dogs on it, for instance, a paperweight shaped like a flying saucer, men’s socks with a radio tower on them and a mobile inspired by the planet Saturn, to name just a few.

If you like retro decor this book is a must-have, and this week you have a chance to win a copy.

To get in the running, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, March 16. Why don’t you tell me what promise of the retro future that hasn’t come true you’re most upset about. (Me? I really want teleporters, stat.)

Thanks for visiting and good luck!

By Sarah White

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30 Comments so far

  1. Elaina on March 10, 2014 11:14 am

    I’m pretty disappointed that we still do not have the house-bot! I’d love to have a robot help with household chores plus pull them off correctly the first time!

  2. Margaret Pennington on March 10, 2014 11:38 am

    The robot hoover that was supposed to work.

  3. JENNA on March 10, 2014 12:11 pm

    Oh please please please! My daughter would flip over this! I so want to win it for her!

  4. Jessica on March 10, 2014 1:29 pm

    Hoverboards. Where are the hoverboards??

  5. Dot on March 10, 2014 2:37 pm

    On a serious note, it’s too bad that there’s still no cure for many diseases, from cancer to the common cold. But I’m also sad that my house is not self-cleaning!

  6. KittenWithAWhiplash on March 10, 2014 7:08 pm

    Just last week Mom and I were discussing this, and we lamented over the lack of flying cars. Particularly the Jetson’s car, which collapsed down to a handy briefcase to avoid parking hassles. I always wondered what happened to the groceries in the trunk, though. Especially the eggs!

  7. Gina Douthit on March 10, 2014 11:00 pm

    I must admit that my idea of the future always included some type of flying automobile. We know the technology is there… why hasn’t this become a reality? Can you imagine how this would greatly improve rush hour!? And while they’re at it, they can throw in an auto-navigation device so I can catch up on my stitches on the way to work. ;)

  8. MelodyJ on March 10, 2014 11:46 pm

    Pretty much anything from The Jetsons like flying cars and a house robot like Rosie.

  9. Becki on March 11, 2014 7:14 am

    Every morning, as I drag myself from bed, I envy Jane Jetson’s makeup/hair/clothing conveyor belt thingy.

  10. Teresa Knittingdancer on March 11, 2014 8:04 am

    A robot to clean house and cook for me so I could spend more time knitting.

  11. Judith (from Israel) on March 11, 2014 8:14 am

    I’d like to see a USER FRIENDLY entertainment center with cable TV, a DVD player, a CD player, internet access and a printer that also photocopies and sends faxes.

  12. Ann Devine on March 11, 2014 8:26 am

    The first thing that comes to mind is the flying car; bonus points if it collapsed into a small box for “parking”. Number two would definitely be the self-cleaning house, though I’d settle for a self-cleaning bathroom & kitchen! Just think how much knitting time could be found if we didn’t have these onerous chores!

  13. Linda Rumsey on March 11, 2014 8:34 am

    A teleportation machine would be the best way to travel!

  14. Mary Rok on March 11, 2014 9:02 am

    Laundry that cleans and folds itself!! I say this as I am folding two loads.

  15. Marilyn (Merry) Fenton on March 11, 2014 9:27 am

    Yeah, Rosie the maid from the Jetson’s – there was an idea. But my new cleaning lady starts today. Robots would have been cheaper.
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  16. debd94 on March 11, 2014 10:18 am

    The Star Trek way of teleportation is what I’d like to see.

  17. Andrea B on March 11, 2014 10:24 am

    Star Trek food machines – whatever you want when you want it.

  18. Becky PS on March 11, 2014 10:39 am

    The lack of space travel and exploration is sad to me. More of that and colonies on the moon etc. And of course, my very own Rosie for house chores.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. OHSue on March 11, 2014 10:49 am

    Oh why have a I never had a Rosie the Robot to clean house for me like the Jetsons? Would free up more time for knitting…. oh who am I kidding, knitting comes first before housework.

  20. Judy van Button on March 11, 2014 10:53 am

    Space travel for everyone would have been awesome, but alas.

  21. Karey on March 11, 2014 12:24 pm

    Teleporters would be nice! Also, cooking robots!

  22. Sarah on March 11, 2014 1:00 pm

    I loved reading everyone’s replies!! I would love the teleporters for travel. I am an amateur photographer and get green with envy seeing photos from countries I know I will never get the chance to visit. With a teleporter, it would be a lot easier getting from place to place. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Donna Reed on March 11, 2014 2:45 pm

    I am still waiting for cars that drive themselves on tracks.

  24. Fiadhnat McGrath on March 11, 2014 4:18 pm

    My son wants to know when we’ll be using hovercrafts instead of cars!

  25. Tami on March 11, 2014 5:17 pm

    I would love transporters also. I have too many friends out of country and I hate flying.

  26. kim on March 11, 2014 6:47 pm

    I so want to push a button and have meals pop out of the wall!

  27. Grete on March 12, 2014 5:03 pm

    I would love to have Rosie the robot, from the Jetsons. That way I would have more time to knit and crochet!

  28. Bea on March 13, 2014 8:30 am

    I’ve been wanting to actually ride on a hoverboard for a long time. These knits are so cool!!!

  29. Joyce on March 13, 2014 4:17 pm

    Jetpacks and flying cars would be nice, but interplanetary travel would be my first choice.

  30. Sheila on March 16, 2014 12:17 pm

    jetpacks. Why don’t we have personal jetpacks to get around?

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