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raederle
08-21-2007, 07:48 PM
Just idly curious. I know that the Amish are renowned for their quiltmaking, but I don't recall hearing about them knitting...
If not, why not?

Thanks in advance!

Jess_knit
08-21-2007, 07:54 PM
I know for sure that they spin, so I'm betting they knit also...what else would they do with all that yarn? ;)

I can find out for sure in a couple days, probably, if no one else knows.

HollyP
08-21-2007, 08:03 PM
I would imagine most do. I was recently in Lancaster, PA and saw some beautiful Amish knit sweaters for sale. They were very simple and lovely. I spoke to a few Amish women working at a farmers market and one had a pair of socks otn in her apron pocket. When I mentioned them she was very modest and told me she was just making a pair for her husband. All three of the women knit and explained that they had learned as children. I did a Google search and really couldn't find anything. I would think maybe the quilts get more attention because they are not as commonplace as knitting. Up until fairly recently (prob the last 50-60yrs) most women knit for their families. I also think that because of their beliefs the knitting wouldn't be as flashy or intricate as the quilts therefore not as well known or popular.

Knitting_Guy
08-21-2007, 09:28 PM
Yes, they do, and quite imaginatively. I used to do a lot of trading business with a number of Amish families and their knits were always top notch.

debinoz
08-21-2007, 11:31 PM
Yes, they do!! There is an Amish community about 35 miles south of us. We used to go to the livestock auction there on Tuesdays. The women would sell the veggies and stuff before the sale, then when the auction started, they'd go in and sit by their husbands and either knit or sew while the men were bidding on the livestock.

rebecca
08-22-2007, 04:05 AM
Oh, I would love to see some of their knitting! If it is even 1/2 as pretty as the quilts don't you know it's gorgeous?!

sinistral_needler
08-22-2007, 08:38 AM
I bet that every little piece of their clothing is mostly hand-made, right down to their socks. So I would say that they would knit and crochet .. and probably make the yarn and needles all themselves! Their needle collections wouldn't be extensive .. but they would all be handmade.

Sharly
08-22-2007, 11:40 AM
There's something romantic about the Amish way of life...

but...what would I do without knittinghelp.com? :doh:

Yarnlady
08-22-2007, 12:09 PM
but...what would I do without knittinghelp.com? :doh:You'd have it real life with knitters/quilters/canners/bread bakers/etc./ of all ages and skill levels. :teehee:

Sharly
08-22-2007, 12:27 PM
You'd have it real life with knitters/quilters/canners/bread bakers/etc./ of all ages and skill levels. :teehee:

I guess that's true! And, I certainly wouldn't know what I was missing, either!!

suziehomemaker
08-22-2007, 01:47 PM
I bet that every little piece of their clothing is mostly hand-made, right down to their socks. So I would say that they would knit and crochet .. and probably make the yarn and needles all themselves! Their needle collections wouldn't be extensive .. but they would all be handmade.


Not quite. Well, I guess it depends on which community and if they're considered Quakers, Mennonites, PA Dutch, etc. I used to live very close to an Amish community in Upstate NY and you would be suprised to see how much they buy instead of make. It's not uncommon to see a horse and buggy or two at the local WalMart.

Sharly
08-22-2007, 03:31 PM
It's not uncommon to see a horse and buggy or two at the local WalMart.

For some reason, that just cracks me up! :)

sinistral_needler
08-22-2007, 04:36 PM
I saw an Amish man at the local grocery store a few weeks ago and his clothing was all hand made (well, the clothing I could see, anyway). I didn't see any horse and buggy, so he either had someone drive him there, or somehow drove himself.

There are many Amish/Mennonite settlements in the north-east Wisconsin area. I have found that if they need to use something that we use, they aren't afraid to try it. I remember one of the young guys driving around on a tractor (helping out a local non-Amish farmer) and he sure thought he was Joe Cool.

knitasha
08-22-2007, 11:00 PM
Can't remember where, but I very recently saw some pics of hand-knit Amish socks which were brightly colored and patterned. Apparently they were permitted because they were worn with high-laced boots and hidden beneath long skirts. Different orders of Amish have different degrees of strictness, so this might have been one of the more liberal orders.