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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

In the modern world, a lot of the old skills that people took for granted 100, or even 50 years ago, have all but disappeared.

I am ashamed to admit it, but until recently I really didn't know the difference between knitting and crocheting. From what I understand, knitting requires needles while crocheting requires a hook. Am I right? Is one easier to do than the other?

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again."

HINT: (1897-1980), American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The earliest known types of knitting by nomadic people in the desert places of North Africa actually used circular or narrow, oblong wooden frames.

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One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D.

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The knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth) by William Lee, a clergyman. After the invention of the knitting machine, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organized cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Knitting first appeared in England during the 13th century in the form of felted caps that were worn by soldiers and sailors. However, knitting did not become a popular method for creating other garments due to the difficulty of producing quality steel needles

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Early knitting needles were typically made from bone, ivory, or tortoise shell.

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Changes in fashion in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as the huge influx of cheap imported knitwear, led to decreased interest in knitting. The cost of buying yarn compared unfavorably to buying ready-made clothes.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again."

ANSWER: Dorothy Day.

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