|Elderly woman, knitting. From the George Eastman House via Flickr The Commons|
I have to admit I have always loved knitting. Do I knit? No. I've tried to learn and maybe will attempt it again one day. But I love reading about knitting, whether it's stories of women providing for their families through knitting or for a war effort, it's a story of women's lives that needs to be told.
Judy Weightman, a writer and editor has two posts about war time knitting. Over Here: Knitting on the Homefront in World War I and More Knitting History: WWII. Women helped the war effort in many ways, knitting was just one.
I have been wanting to read this social history of knitting, No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne Macdonald on my eReader. Seems like this week might be when I finally read it. Another social history of knitting is The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand by Heather Nicolson looks like a great read as well. The books description calls it a "history of the domestic lives of women" just what we genealogists need to better understand our ancestor's lives.
To find records that involve knitting check out ArchiveGrid. They have listed over 700 records that include the keyword "knitting." JSTOR is another great place to look for social history articles on knitting.
Interested in more social history about knitting? You may want to look at this bibliography, Knitting: A Global History by Charity Naeve Johnson.
Did you have female ancestors that knit? Think about sharing photos of them, their creations or even the patterns they used.