Tuesday, June 19, 2012
World War One Wednesday
Do you knit? My mother is a master knitter, making sweaters, socks, shawls, and more. I am the recipient of many of her knitting endeavors -- Happy me!
While researching the American homefront during World War One, I was amazed to learn how much the U.S. Army relied on the knitting of American women to help outfit the troops in Europe. The Red Cross mobilized citizens to knit for the doughboys, socks, scarves, gloves, sleeveless sweaters to wear beneath their woolen uniforms, and more. Millions of women all busily knitting for the cause created a sense of unity, of purpose, and it gave mothers, sisters, and wives a practical way to use their talents to help their loved ones during the war.
To learn more about Knitting for the Cause, click on this link: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=5721
Question for you: Do you knit? I'm a crocheter from time to time, and currently an embroiderer of quilt squares. I've never learned to knit, though it's on my bucket list.