Friday, January 28, 2011

Knitting Through the Years

I was playing around in iBooks the other day looking to see if publishers have started to clue in yet that knitters would like to get books and patterns on ereaders. (BIG HINT if you work for a knitting book publisher!!! Please, we want them!!! We will buy them!!!)

I came across a few free books where the copyrights have run out. One of them is the Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet. I downloaded it thinking it probably wouldn't have all that much of interest to me. I was wrong. There is a lot in there from a historical view that I found entertaining. While skimming over it, this paragraph caught my eye. Although it is about women during WWII, I thought the first part of it applied to a lot of women I know in today's world!

The women of America are knitting as never before. In the social set, no gathering can be fashionable that does not tolerate knitting; the business woman must knit in the car to and from her work; while to the busy housewife no duty is so imperative as to exclude knitting from the daily routine. It almost seems as if the women of America--all women, rich and poor alike--were devoting their united efforts to one vast universal consecration--the comfort of our boys over there.

I should also note that while I was reading this an old episode of Grey's Anatomy was on. It was the one where Meredith was knitting a sweater to keep from dating. I hate that episode. I prefer the ones that have Izzy show how talented she is with her knitting projects. I often find it frustrating in today's main stream media to see knitting made fun of. How nice it was to be feeling this frustration and at just that moment read the above paragraph.

1 comment:

Slowish Food said...

Have you read "No Idle Hands," which is a social history of knitting? It's really fascinating. I remember the part where everyone was feverishly knitting for the soldiers. At the end of the war, knitting took a nosedive because people were so sick of it. Then it roared back. It's interesting to see the ebbs and flows of it's popularity over time.