Waving to you all on this lovely spring Monday morning
Sian suggests we share something we learnt or did for the first time well I went to a talk by the curator of an archive of knitting and crochet patterns held by a local museum. Learnt thing number 1 - that such a collection exists. They have patterns spanning 1930s to 1980s all of which have been given to them and they have several researchers working on them.
I also learnt that the first recorded item knitted in UK was a pair of stockings knitted by a woman in London for Queen Elizabeth 1 - so 1560s to 1580s. Prior to that all knitted items came from the French Guild of Knitters - all men. The apprenticeship for this guild took 7 years and the final exam included knitting socks, a garment and a carpet - I can't imagine how long it would take to knit a carpet or what it would look like. I also learnt that the earliest recorded instance of the womenfolk knitting warming items for their men at war was the Seven years War - 1755-1764.
Amazing to think that people have been twisting yarn around shaped sticks for centuries.
Have a great week everyone - hopefully it includes some yarn
[ps my spell checker doesn't recognise 'learnt' !!! I just looked it up and learnt that 'learnt' is mostly a UK form and I suspect the spellchecker on blogger is based on a US dictionary]