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From the archives: Every other woman in Scotland knits…

    In this fourth instalment of the ‘always knitting’ series, the focus is on knitting in Scotland in the late 19th century. In his account in The Queen magazine (an earlier form of the modern day Harper’s Bazaar), the writer E.B.T. comments on the surprising ubiquity of knitters in Scotland, noting this activity goes… Continue reading From the archives: Every other woman in Scotland knits…

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From the archives: knitting while she works

  In North Wales the women are very industrious; they are always knitting... Another short extract today for the 'always knitting' series, which features 19th century commentary about European women's apparently ubiquitous and incessant knitting. (See here for part one of series and see menu for From the Archives - always knitting). The extract below is… Continue reading From the archives: knitting while she works

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From the archives: knitting stockings as they walk along…

  waiting for customers, they are found knitting... A short extract today for the 'always knitting' series, which features 19th century commentary about European women's apparently ubiquitous and incessant knitting. (See here for part one of series). I particularly love the photo above which I thought perfectly illustrated the extract. It was taken in about 1869… Continue reading From the archives: knitting stockings as they walk along…

always knitting, From the Archives

From the archives: always knitting

  They are to be seen knitting in all times and season, ‘from dewy morn to dusky eve,’ from January to December. On they go, looping and twisting, with remorseless industry 19th century British and Irish newspapers - and presumably readers - seem to have had a surprising fascination with women's knitting. More particularly, they were intrigued… Continue reading From the archives: always knitting