Knitters Travel By Cable Car
Today I watched the ladies in the knitting circle and my mind wandered away and I wondered just how and why knitting began? What on earth persuaded all these intelligent ladies to sit with a spool of yarn and two wooden sticks and try to make intricate socks? What ever possessed them to even ever give it a go?
I understand that it has been around for centuries in the Middle East and Central Europe ... did some bored lady suddenly have an 'Eureka' moment when she spied two pointy sticks on the ground and an old bit of yarn tangled in a bush? There are even paintings depicting The Virgin Mary with what looks to all intents and purposes like a lady with knitting needles and knitting wool - perhaps struggling to make a jumper?
|The Madonna Knitting|
Bertram of Mindon
1400 - 1410
A mystery about the direction of knitting (ie. from right to left) suggests that it may well have begun in the Arabian countries as they write from right to left whereas in European writing (and knitting) it would be more likely to have originated with the work going from left to right. There is also more than a suggestion that it developed from the need to fish and repair fishing nets. Both interesting but as yet unproven.
I assume that another important feature to knitting was that it was a method of producing cloth and clothing without the need for a large loom - needles could be carried anywhere and were cheap to acquire. Well - whatever the reason it has certainly caught on!
Speculation aside - todays works were just as impressive as ever ...
|A lovely baby blanket - four already this year for a new grandchild!|
|An almost finished scarf with Rico Loopy wool|
|More complex cable work|
|Pattern for a lovely slouchy hat|
|And here it is growing on circular needles|
|I was amused by this lovely piece|
One of a set of squares to be made into a bed cover for a son
This project has been going on for years and years and years and ...
She could not be persuaded to say for just how many years!
|A slightly better photo to show how intricate?|
|This prolific knitter has a new project each week|
|This lovely piece is made by a lady who also uses knitting as physiotherapy|
|The close-up shows just how intricate and lovely it is|
So ... Our Motto This Week Is ...