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I learned how to knit at a pretty young age.

There’s nothing like handing a child on a road trip two giant needles to abuse her siblings with.

But in recent years I’ve given up the hobby for others (schoolwork, working, driving on those road trips).

The history of knitting, like most domestic crafts, goes back to long before it was a hobby.  Like many domestic crafts it was necessary for the improved lifestyles of people over time.  My mother knits Christmas stockings; I can knit a scarf.  Neither of these are necessary for our basic wellbeing, thought they certainly improve our lives.

Socks are seemingly the earliest creations by knitting, and their origins trace from the Middle East along Mediterranean trade routes to Europe; though there is proof of knitting in ancient Egypt as well.

The common use of knitted goods begins to be documented around the 14th century.  Knitting would become a source of income and a means of providing in countries like England.   The Industrial revolution would eventually change that by providing knitting machines and much cheaper fabrics to the general population.

Though knitting by hand is now less cost effective, it has had a recent resurgence.  The Knitting Olympics is only one example of how the Internet brings communities together; and the knitting community is a vast one.

Though I’m a bit rusty, my scarf is coming along nicely.  I started with a forgiving yarn and a little help from my mother (finder of all things and queen of the domestic arts).

There are two basic stitches, knitting and pearling, and for now I’m just going to stick with knitting which I’ll be bringing you a video of next week (hopefully).  Stay tuned!

Photos by my lovely baby sister Sarah Marie

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