Knitting Memories

Can you remember who taught you how to knit? Was it your mother, auntie or grandmother? Do your arms still ache from holding the wool in place?

Our mothers taught most of us how to knit and crochet. Nothing would beat heading to the yarn shop with your mum or grandma. However, holding the wool was quite the chore…

 

The Spring Chicken Facebook community have been sharing their memories:

‘Holding the wool for my mum was one of my favourite jobs. She called it fishing. I would sit with my arms outstretched, waiting for the wool to get short to be wound in close enough for her to scoop me up into her arms and shout “Caught one!”.

‘I learnt to knit when I was 4. We were taught knitting and embroidery in our first year at school. I think children should still be taught – it’s a skill for life and a good hobby.’

‘Knitting is quite therapeutic, really. Imagine a youngster these days doing it – especially holding a mobile at the same time!’

 

During the first World War, men, women and children knitted a vast number of accessories to assist the military forces. They would knit socks, scarves, sweaters and hats for the troops.

In the 20s, there was a vast increase in popularity of knitwear – this increased during the 50s and 60s, when knitting had a huge boost with greater colours and styles of yarns being introduced.

Although the popularity of knitting begun to decline in the 80s, there has been research that proves knitting can reduce depression, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain.

 

What was the last thing you knitted? Was it a blanket, a dog coat or a scarf?

‘My nan taught me to crochet at an early age. The last thing I crocheted was many years ago: a lace table runner for my friend’s anniversary.’

‘I’m 85 and I still knit. I make blankets for premature babies.’

 

yarn balls on white bowl

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