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Denise in Michigan
04-24-2008, 10:04 AM
Does anyone here know? I did a little reasearch online this morning and came up with saints for spinners, yarn, weavers, but none for knitters. :pray: :??

Eccie
04-24-2008, 10:53 AM
i found this for you at http://livingknitting.blogspot.com/2007/02/when-im-wrong.html

I checked my various sources and in fact, there is no official patron -- there are patrons for weavers, wool workers, shepherds, and needleworkers, but none specifically for knitters. Seems bad doesn't it?

Anyway, turns out there is a saint who is unofficially the patron of knitters. St. Rafqa (or "Rebecca" for us English folks) was a Lebanese Maronite Nun who was canonized by the late Pope John Paul II in 2001. This is one amazing woman! Born into a Christian family in 1832 and losing her mother at the age of 7, Rafqa felt a call to religious life at the age of 14. However, it would take 13 years before she'd finally be able to enter the Mariamettes Convent at the age of 27, eventually becoming a Lebanese Maronite nun in 1871.

katknit
04-24-2008, 11:12 AM
What an interesting question, one which prompted me to do a post on this topic on my blog. Here's another possibility, St Fiacre:
http://danceswithwool.wordpress.com/2008/04/24/who-is-the-patron-saint-of-knitters/

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-24-2008, 12:33 PM
Nope you're all wrong... it's Ingrid!

feministmama
04-24-2008, 12:54 PM
I nominate the Harlot!

MMario
04-24-2008, 12:55 PM
My grandmother always claimed it was St. Anne, mother of the Virgin.

cindycactus
04-24-2008, 01:01 PM
My grandmother always claimed it was St. Anne, mother of the Virgin.

Wow. She is my patron Saint.:hug:

katknit
04-24-2008, 01:45 PM
I thought it might be Elizabeth Zimmermann, but I'd prefer Johnny Depp!

Plantgoddess+
04-24-2008, 03:20 PM
My first thought was Elizabeth Zimmerman as well.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
04-24-2008, 03:22 PM
In our religion (Heathenry... viking religious beliefs things) it's Frigga, the Goddess of Hearth and Home.

SandraS
04-24-2008, 04:21 PM
Well, whoever it is needs to speak to the knitting goddess on my behalf and get me back on the good side.

Plantgoddess+
04-24-2008, 04:23 PM
Maybe knit the goddess something as an offering.

Denise in Michigan
04-24-2008, 07:15 PM
Nope you're all wrong... it's Ingrid!
:thumbsup:

Denise in Michigan
04-24-2008, 07:16 PM
I nominate the Harlot!
:cheering:

Denise in Michigan
04-24-2008, 07:17 PM
I thought it might be Elizabeth Zimmermann, but I'd prefer Johnny Depp!
:teehee:

Doodknitwit
04-24-2008, 09:07 PM
My first thought was Elizabeth Zimmerman as well.
me too:yay:

Jen17
04-24-2008, 11:44 PM
I did find that the Patron Saint of "craftmen who work with wheels", ie: potters, spinners is: Catherine of Alexandria!
My grandmothers name was Catherine and my granddaughter's name is Alexandra named after my Dad, Alexander and I once lived in Alexandria, VA for a couple of months, LOL!