Friday, April 13, 2007

since it's Friday the 13th...

I've decided to post some random facts about knitting and crocheting... enjoy :)

~ People magazine's "Insider" column reported in early 2001 on a very special baby shower for Camryn Manheim (The Practice) given by celebs and friends. The focal point of the party was a knitting lesson. Friends then each made a six-inch multicolored square for a baby blanket for Manheim
~ Younger women are picking up the craft. Since 1998, there has been a 400% increase in the number of women under 35 years old who crochet and knit
~ 1 out of 3 women knows how to knit or crochet. The number of women who do these crafts increased from 34.7 million in 1994 to 38 million in 2000.
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~ The term sweaters began to be used for knitted pullovers formerly called ganseys or jerseys after they were used for athletic clothes. It is said they were called sweaters because that's what the athletes who wore them did -sweat!
~ In the medieval Europe hand knitting was an important industry and had developed into an advanced craft by 16th century.
~ The oldest known knitting needles are double-pointed needles. They are normally used in sets of four or five as depicted in a number of 14th Century oil paintings.
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~ During World War I President Woodrow Wilson allowed sheep to graze on the White House lawn. When the sheep were sheered, the wool was auctioned off and the proceeds went to the American Red Cross war relief fund.
~ American Red Cross knitters were still supplying the military with wool helmets as late as 1964. The men at remote arctic military outposts like Thule Airbase in Greenland and Goose Air Force Base in Labrador preferred the hand knitted wool helmets to the machine made synthetic varieties supplied by the army. The soldiers claimed that they kept your face warmer, longer in sub-zero temperatures
~ 1946 the North Atlantic Area chapters processed over 3,000 pounds of olive drab wool for the supplementary items for the military.
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~ The Name "Crochet" comes from the word "crochet" meaning hook in the French language.
~ The Granny Square was orignally published by the Weldon company in London, as a pattern to use up leftover yarn.
~ Wool is comparatively stronger than steel.
~ Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture, and is fire resistant.

Duke: O, fellow! come, the song we had last night.
Mark it, Cesario; it is old and plain;
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,
Do use to chant it: it is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Like the old age.
ShakespeareTwelfth Night. Act ii. Sc. 4

6 comments: said...

I never thought knitting history was so intriguing. I'll check out your knitted wares, but it doesn't get very cold here in So. Calif.. I bet it's cold there. Lots of lightning. It's all good.

Mere said...

Thanks for your kind comments!!! You are on my blogs to read list!!


Chrissy said...

Thanks for all the knitting facts. Very interesting!

kathleen said...

I never knew all this stuff! I do know that knitting has taken off in leaps and bounds over the past few years, but wow! The other stuff is intriguing!

I was busy avoiding Friday the 13th bad luck yesterday, so didn't post...(this really means that I was lazy)

knitphomaniac said...

Isn't it funny that only in N. America, Friday the 13th is unlucky? As far as I know, anyway. My mom, who's Italian/French, says that in France and Italy at least it's considered very lucky, and everyone buys lottery tickets that day...

Little Foodie said...

Interesting info. there. Unlucky in the UK too..