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Old 08-21-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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Do the Amish knit?
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?

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Old 08-21-2007, 07:54 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:28 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:31 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:05 AM   #6
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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?!
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:38 AM   #7
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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.
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There's something romantic about the Amish way of life...

but...what would I do without knittinghelp.com?
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:09 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Sharly View Post
but...what would I do without knittinghelp.com?
You'd have it real life with knitters/quilters/canners/bread bakers/etc./ of all ages and skill levels.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Yarnlady View Post
You'd have it real life with knitters/quilters/canners/bread bakers/etc./ of all ages and skill levels.
I guess that's true! And, I certainly wouldn't know what I was missing, either!!
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