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A SHORT HISTORY OF KNITTING
Historians uncovered that the art of knitting commenced over 3000 years ago in Arabic parts of the world where men in the nomadic tribes would ‘knit’ garments using the wool scraps from their goats and sheep. They developed a method of stringing and knotting the wool together to make clothing items and from that rudimentary process, knitting commenced. The women had the responsibility of gathering and spinning the wool and only the men would knit. As the traders expanded their horizons and travelled the world, the knitting skills they had developed and honed were shared with other travelers and the art of knitting expanded across to Europe. Knitting immediately grew in popularity and what can be described as the ‘Golden age of Knitting’ spanned the 1400’s to the late 1600’s with knitting guilds all over Europe founded and managed to maintain the high standards of excellence that had been developed over the centuries. Master knitting was a man’s trade and the standards established by the guilds were very exacting. Young boys wanting to aspire to be a Master Knitter had to serve a six year apprenticeship and to create a number of specific knitted garments and items to achieve their goal. Women were not encouraged to knit and their role was to clean and spin the wool for the men to use. Women were not allowed to join the guilds and the only exception to this very strict rule was that a widow of a Master Knitter could be asked to join a guild if she could demonstrate the knitting skill of her deceased husband and was able to produce the garments similar to that of the apprentices! Women however, did learn to knit and tended to knit in the privacy of their own homes. Over the ensuing years, the skill of being able to knit and to make clothing became a prized trait when young women were being wooed by potential husbands. In the 19th century, the industrial revolution introduced knitting machines and the art of hand knitting faltered. In the United Kingdom in the later 1800’s, the loss of knowledge became dire and knitting classes become mandatory for university students so that the art of knitting would not be lost! We have a come a long way since then and now knitting is enjoyed by so many around the world. Knitting is not only practical in producing creative garments, it provides great pleasure to those who knit and to those, who are the lucky recipient of a handcrafted garment. Knitting may well be the most perfect creative endeavour! Not only do beautiful garments and gifts result, it is also very relaxing and can be a wonderful stress reducing exercise for busy people.
Our sale is going into the 5th day tomorrow ( Thursday) and we are having a fun time greeting regular customers and meeting new ones.
We met Susan and her Mom Kate yesterday. They are both knitters and on Kate’s 50th birthday they got matching knitting tattoos. They were very happy to show us and had no hesitation about us sharing a picture on our page. Very nice ladies and a pleasure to chat with them! Susan is a recent college graduate who is doing sub work while looking for a teaching position and Kate has her own business: (www.stores.ebay.com/Cashmeres-by-Kate), Cashmeres-by-Kate
I was hoping we would see them again and today I looked up and there was Susan standing in line with more yarn :). After shopping with us they had lunched at Salt Hill Pub on Main St. and someone (that would be Mom) left her phone there. Poor Susan had to drive back to Newport today and since she was in town, and had not purchased yarn since the day before, before she needed a trip to the shop to get more.
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Today warmed up nicely and the front porch was a pleasant place to knit, chat and help customers. Just 3 more days of the sale. Come check it out!
What a great day at the shop. The first day of the sale. Many thanks for our longtime and new customers – you made today a huge success. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and hear about the projects that would be made with the yarn our customers bought! A fun day in all ways. Thanks for coming out and supporting your local yarn shop! Day 2 of the sale begins at 9:30am tomorrow. We have a large selection of greatly reduced knitting magazines and knitting books. Also half price patterns.
We have been busy getting all the yarn for the porch sale marked down – you will like the selection of great yarns! Just a hint – do you like Noro? We love seeing your excitment at finding such great yarn for such amazing prices. Go ahead, get it!! You may never have another chance to add to your stash for so little money. Yarn is also a great gift! Pair it with a half price pattern and maybe some new knitting needles and you have a much appreciated gift for your knitting friends.
Here are a few shots of us getting ready -
We are remarking lots of yarn with lower prices – come on in on Sunday, the only Sunday in the year we are open.