#knitnews 18 August

#knitnews 18 August 2014

#knitnews 18 August 2014

WWI knitters weren’t perfect either, A day in the life of a yarn shop owner, The problems of being crafty

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WWI knitters weren’t perfect either
In light of the centenary of the start of the First World War, amongst crafty people there’s been a lot of talk recently about how knitters supported the soldiers by knitting garments, especially socks.

When reading such items, one always gets the sense that back in the day, every woman was a competent knitter who could turn out perfectly fitting socks in the blink of an eye.

I love this article because it highlights that of course, while perhaps every woman was expected to knit, by no means were they all good at it. Many well intentioned ladies sent in items that were really not fit for purpose.

This made me think of my grandmothers. One fit the bill as one of these women who knit because it was a cheap way of providing socks and hats and scarves and so on for their numerous children. She still knit hats when she was very old, her vision (and sadly, her mind) was going, but she didn’t really need to see what she was doing, and she found great comfort in the work.

My other grandmother, on the other hand, couldn’t knit if her life depended on it, though she did try. In fact, she struggled putting on a button or mending a ripped seam, things that were certainly expected of a housewife when and where she lived. It just wasn’t her thing and her talents were in very different areas.

A day in the life of a yarn shop owner
A fascinating read, this article. Always wondered what’s actually involved in running a yarn shop? This lady gives a candid look into her working day. It’s very clear to me you have to have a true passion to run a business like that. Very long days and hard work. I prefer to shop in my LYS to support them anyway (rather than online), and this has made me even more determined. Support your local yarn shop! These ladies (and gentlemen) work extremely hard, they’re local people enriching your community and economy, and they represent such a wealth of knowledge.

The problems of being crafty
Good for a laugh, but surprisingly close to the truth is this list of 20 things only crafty people will understand.

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