Originally Posted by cftwo
For centuries people have knitted socks. I think they would have figured out a long time ago how to knit them in the round with DPNs (wood or metal, depending on what was available).
And I, for one, am very glad to live in times that include indoor plumbing.
I read or heard that centuries ago knitting was deemed too important to trust to a mere woman. Mariners would knit their own socks.
As for indoor plumbing, no argument here!! I also like my clothes & dish washers, central heating, central air conditioning, electric lighting, cell phones...
This book looks interesting
No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting
Everyone stay warm in insulated, central heated homes.