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Old 02-20-2006, 07:37 PM   #11
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I looked and couldnt find it, but a while back I read that in France when they still beheaded people that women were knitting in the square, and others said that they (the knitters) were so cold, and it showed how cruel that country was. But actually after more research (and sense maybe) those women were putting off the stress of the whole thing? Anyone else read about that? It was a really interesting article. I'll go look some more.

I think the article also mentioned emergency knitting, which is absolutely a part of my life.

edited to say Here it is
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=209
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:38 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Pixywhispers
I looked and couldnt find it, but a while back I read that in France when they still beheaded people that women were knitting in the square, and others said that they (the knitters) were so cold, and it showed how cruel that country was. But actually after more research (and sense maybe) it was revealed that those women were putting off the stress of the whole thing. Anyone else read about that? It was a really interesting article. I'll go look some more.

I think the article also mentioned emergency knitting, which is absolutely a part of my life.
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:22 PM   #13
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HH, I have a knitting at the auto repair place story too. I had to take my van in for a recall (Your airbag may fail to deploy should you be in an accident) and had an appointment (not like that meant anything). I was stuck in the waiting room for almost 2 hours ("We'll have you in and out in a jiffy ma'am") with the television stuck on "Let's Make A Deal" (I didn't even know Bob Barker was still alive!) I pulled out my knitting and the young lady sitting next to me instantly lit up and started asking me all kinds of questions. "Is it hard?" "What are you making?" "What is felting?" "Where do you get your supplies?" etc. It was great sharing that with someone. Her car finished quickly and an older gentleman came in and he too started asking questions. He watched me for the longest time and then said, "You are just so smart to bring something to do with you that will make something in the end." (I thought that was pretty funny!) I told him I knit everywhere and that it is a great portable project. Finally my car was finished and the guy came to get me. The older gentleman said, "Let her get to the end of a row." I giggled and asked if he was sure he didn't knit and he said, "No, but that's what my mother always said!"
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:53 PM   #14
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:35 PM   #15
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I agree!!
I too have to say that knitters are the friendliest people I have ever met!! I went to a knitting guild meeting for the first time and ALL of the ladies there were VERY friendly. I also take knitting classes at my LYS and ALL of the ladies in the classes are so nice. We always find something to chat about that is knitting or fiber related!! lol :XX: :XX: I wish I knew about this years ago...I would have gotten serious about knitting back then!
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:45 PM   #16
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I know for me, there's a little bit of the outcast's "we have to stick together" attitude in how I gravitate to other knitters. Even though knitting has gotten some more popularity lately, overall it's still kind of a marginalized activity. I could be wrong, but I doubt people have the same kind of automatic empathy when they both like, say, softball, because it's a more widely accepted and understood activity than knitting is.

We're different, and special, and we want to take care of each other. :D
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:09 PM   #17
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People tend to think it's "really cool" and also really funny that I knit. I guess it's because I'm nineteen and have a bunch of piercings or something. I've been sort of ignored by salepeople at LYSs because I guess they don't think I'm a "serious" knitter. :rollseyes:
But I made a friend at work through knitting! Well, sort of. I mean, she was my buddy for having to fix all of my problems before that, anyway. :D But she just taught her daughters (around my age) how to knit over Christmas, so she just started again. She gets properly excited over the pictures of my projects that I email to my dad (I work with him, too).
What's REALLY cool is having your friend/roommate be a knitter, as well. She understands all of my knitting woes and my exciting stash enhancements. :D
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:13 PM   #18
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I've noticed that, too. Twice now when I went to the library to pick up knitting books on hold people have asked me questions. It's fun to find these common bonds in people we would otherwise probably not pay much attention, too.

HH..that story is AWESOME! Knitncook, yours is cool, too!

I haven't knit much in public yet, but I think if I want to find more kindred spirits I need to start. Thanks for these stories!
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