There can be all kinds of drama in knitting — dropped stitches, dye lots, twisted cables (let’s not even talk about gauge drama). I’m saddened to report drama at an art installation in Greerton, New Zealand, when someone stole the knitting needles from this lovely display. Do you really think they got away unnoticed with those needles? I hope the vandals sit on a 0000 DPN!
And while we are on the subject of drama, Paul Spinrad offered the Surprising Tumultuous History of Socks which presents a lovely time line of socks and stockings and their roles in history.
“I have too much love for my poor people who obtain their bread by the employment of knitting, to give my money to forward an invention that will…make them beggars. ” The response of Queen Elizabeth I to the invention of the “stocking-frame” which promised machine-knit socks of quality superior to those of any hand-knitter.
Imagine yourself sitting on the lawn in June 1915 knitting in this sweltering ensemble as portrayed in this back issue of Vogue Magazine. While I knit 24/7/365 here in Oklahoma, some of us can’t bear to look at the needles during the steamy summer months. What about you? Do you put down the needles in the heat, swap wool for cotton, or continue all projects regardless of the temperature?
If you’re on Twitter, drop everything and follow the hashtag #thingsknittersdo. You’ll laugh, blush, and relate to the things we all do regularly and often. You’re welcome.