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Angelia
01-12-2006, 12:52 PM
I learned something really interesting today! I was waiting for a blood test, and the woman next to me and I talked about knitting (I had Tubey in my lap). She asked if I knit "German" or "American," and I said "German."

Well, she said that she learned to knit continental, but that during WWII, she changed because women in England and the US started knitting English style to be patriotic (and especially anti-German)!

Has anyone else heard this story?

gardenmommy
01-12-2006, 01:00 PM
LOL sounds like the French/freedom fries thing recently in the Congressional cafeteria!

Angelia
01-12-2006, 01:12 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

OMG, I'd forgotten about that linguistic lunacy!

WynnieG
01-12-2006, 01:23 PM
Wow, I had no idea - makes sense though, given the times. I wonder if the same happened during WWI? Tons of charity knitting done in that war.

Julie
01-12-2006, 01:44 PM
I'll have to ask my mom about that -- she learned to knit in the forties and refers to her method as the "German way."

Though she's never really been one to pay attention to what everyone else is doing... :roflhard:

Angelia
01-12-2006, 01:53 PM
:thumbsup: Yay for your non-conformist Mom! :D

And yes, do ask her; I find this whole thing fascinating!

ella
01-12-2006, 02:08 PM
That reminds me of Elizabeth Zimmerman describing how she learned to knit continental in the early 1900's (possibly during WWI) from a Swiss(or German, not sure) nanny, and her later Brtitsh nannies were horrified and forbade her to use "that German manner" instead of the "proper" English method, which, of course, only increased EZ's interest in continental knitting :lol:

WynnieG
01-12-2006, 02:29 PM
I'll bet that had to do with WWI, Ella. Kudos to you for remembering that one!

DannahK
01-12-2006, 03:16 PM
Kind of not too surprised. During those times people with German sounding names were even having those changed... Example? The Royal Family in England officially changed their name to Windsor during the war from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha... Course, I'd change it too.

Cristy
01-12-2006, 03:23 PM
What a fabulous post Angelia--At the local shopping mall (last weekend) I was browsing at the calendar kiosk b/c all 2006 calendars were 50% off. I was looking for the pattern a day knitting calendar but instead found a calendar with the history of knitting--I didn't buy it but maybe I will...maybe it'll say something about this!

flecker
01-12-2006, 03:30 PM
Oh my! I am so excited to see this :happydance: ! I'm a newbie to forum, and teach U.S. history. So, I've been looking for a way to talk about knitting. This is perfect as I start my unit on World War II!

You are an amazing source of knowledge...

Carol_OH
01-12-2006, 03:32 PM
What a fabulous post Angelia--At the local shopping mall (last weekend) I was browsing at the calendar kiosk b/c all 2006 calendars were 50% off. I was looking for the pattern a day knitting calendar but instead found a calendar with the history of knitting--I didn't buy it but maybe I will...maybe it'll say something about this!

oh my - I want one!

feministmama
01-12-2006, 03:43 PM
What a fabulous post Angelia--At the local shopping mall (last weekend) I was browsing at the calendar kiosk b/c all 2006 calendars were 50% off. I was looking for the pattern a day knitting calendar but instead found a calendar with the history of knitting--I didn't buy it but maybe I will...maybe it'll say something about this!

oh my - I want one!

me too! If you find it tell us the name, post a pic, and alla that.

Cristy
01-12-2006, 05:04 PM
will do! I'll have to see if I can go there tomorrow at lunch!

Angelia
01-12-2006, 06:08 PM
I want one too! And I've googled but come up empty... :(

Cristy
01-12-2006, 06:49 PM
http://www.calendars.com/xq/asp/TID.%7BCDF99483-7EDF-4B9F-BF9E-337F1B2F0489%7D/PID.1/MGID.-1/IID.20187/qx/product.htm


Here's a link to the calendar that I saw--maybe it wasn't exactly what I thought it was but it still looks interesting.

nanonette
01-12-2006, 08:15 PM
Cool! :thumbsup: Thanks for the link!

Cristy
01-12-2006, 09:36 PM
no problem! :)