to the ladies of america

“It is customary amongst the German ladies to have at hand some light piece of work, with which they can at any time be employed…they consider their knitting or netting needles an indispensable accompaniment. And there appears to be a charm in the occupation that promotes rather than impedes conversation.

Our American ladies will doubtless find the custom one worthy of imitation. Many an hour which would pass tediously if they were forced to find topics of conversation, may be whiled pleasantly and profitably away, by the assistance of some agreeable employment, which interests without engrossing the attention.”

A Winter Gift for Ladies, being Instructions in Knitting, Netting and Crotchet Work, Containing the Newest and Most Fashionable Patterns, revised and enlarged by an American lady. Philadelphia: G.B. Zeiber & Co., 1848

My friend Nina sent me a link to an Antique Pattern Library, a project to scan and post on the Internet needlework patterns that are in the public domain. It’s pretty cool, and always a treat to read about the problems of American ladies 160 years ago. Oh, the horror! Being forced to carry a conversation! Which must be why I knit, to avoid talking. Cause me, I hate the talk.

Speaking of the talk, I apologize for the last post. I thought I had posted about that hat previously, about how I was at my bestie’s house in October, how she had started a hat for her husband, but put it down once she got carpal tunnels, and I volunteered to finish it in exchange for the needles it was on, Addi Turbos (lust!). How I finished it, and I got the Addi Turbos in barter for Will’s hat.

willshat.jpg

hello, my nose is pink. to match my glasses.

Will then sent me pictures of the hat “in action.” I wanted to get all creative about finding the hat in the wild, which didn’t quite work. Can I blame the writing craziness and incoherency on MBA app stress? I believe I can.

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3 responses to “to the ladies of america

  1. slight correction i got the tendonitis. but i believe that the previous blog post can be blamed on MBA app stress. i heart you and will hearts your pinch hit knitting (woah i just made a baseball reference!)

  2. I didn’t notice that the last post was weird. Does that make me weird?

  3. Nina

    That is so funny! I totally loved that quote too. I thought of it during Christmas when I had nothing to say to anyone and I could whip out my sock and knit away and just nod my head.

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