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My mother was of Scottish descent, and always reluctant to waste anything. After a while she took over the wool and created an afghan of alternating brown and canary-yellow squares. It was one of the few knitting projects she ever completed, but it lasted for a long time.
Book Review: THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER: ESSAYS ON CRAFTING by Alanna Okun
It was admired and even loved by my younger sister and eventually by both her children and mine when they were small. My first project was also a scarf, but this time a more successful one, in a light, soft, blue wool.
According to historians, knitting is probably very old. Few ancient examples have survived, though socks from Egypt are believed to date from the eleventh century. Archaeologists have found many more woven textiles, but it seems likely that knitting may predate weaving. Weaving demands a settled environment, and bulky equipment in the form of a loom. Knitting requires only a ball of yarn and needles, and it would therefore be well suited to nomadic people who followed the migrations of game or the seasonal ripening of fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
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Knitters can and still do carry their work with them: even today you will often see women knitting on long journeys. By the late Middle Ages, knitting was well-established. A fourteenth-century painting by Bertram von Minden shows the Virgin Mary finishing up what looks like a loose pink short-sleeved top. Weavers and seamstresses typically work sitting down, but it is possible to knit while standing, or even while walking. It can also be done when it is too dark to sew, something that was especially important before the invention of electricity.
Shepherds and shepherdesses traditionally knit as they watched their flocks, and there are many seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century paintings of women in peasant dress knitting, often while standing up. Many women and occasionally men either created wool socks, scarves, and sweaters for themselves and their families, or went without. Since it did not demand physical strength, knitting was something you could do at any age, and to judge by the art of the period, the very young and the very old were frequent knitters. Some not only supplied their families but also made things for sale, including fine silk stockings for the rich.
Crochet, patterns for which first appeared in the early nineteenth century, was at first a very different kind of handcraft. The important thing about fancy work was that it was both artistic and unnecessary. It was a characteristic leisure occupation of well-to-do women who did not have to create anything essential.
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Instead they demonstrated their taste and skill by making decorative objects: embroidered handkerchiefs and slippers, crocheted lace for edgings and trimmings, little net purses, doilies and runners for tables, and fancy antimacassars for sofas and chairs. Knitting was practical and plebian; fancy work was largely decorative, and prestigiously useless. Look for similar items by category:. Prices and offers may vary in store.
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Tell Us Where You Are:. Preview Your Review. Thank you. Alanna really puts it all out there and describes her life experiences with anxiety , family , love , and loss. She walks us through her her life through the lens of her craft.
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For the first couple of chapters, I kept looking up every few pages to tell Austin my husband what it said. This is SO true!