Thursday, July 7, 2011

Some Knitting Fun...and a giveaway



I thought I'd share some fun knitting facts with you!

Do you know that the earliest knitted garment was found in Egypt? And it was a pair of socks?

During World Wars I and II women were encouraged to make garments for soldiers. To this end, the phrase "Knit your Bit" was used by which organization?

The American Red Cross. "Knit your bit" appeared on a famous poster depicting a pair of knitted socks in progress and the line, "Our boys need sox!" Special patterns were designed for uniform garments, and required olive drab or navy blue yarn. The patterns are still available at the American Red Cross Museum website, and in 2004 a new "Knit your bit" kit was released to commemorate the dedication of the National World War II Monument in Washington DC.  


Here are some people knitting with the world's largest knitting needles!


Photo found at: http://www.ukhandknitting.com/data/Knitting_Statistics.htm
...and here is a great blog with knitting info: http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/fun-facts/


How about some links for free patterns?

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/
http://www.dailyknitter.com/patterns.html

Don't know how to knit?  There are some great online resources:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3319901922819400872#

How old were you when you learned to knit?  Who taught you?  What was your first project?  Any funny knitting moments?

Let's turn this into a contest:  Just be a follower, and answer any of the questions above for a chance to win, leave a separate comment for each question for multiple entries!
giveaway will end at midnight on the 17th of July!  Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!



Suppose you'd like to know what you'll win?  How about a Crocheted (yes, knitters I know that's a nasty word!) hot pad set?!  I'll have more options available when the giveaway ends, so the winner can choose her favorite two.

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14 comments:

  1. How old were you when you learned to knit?
    I was 9 when I learned

    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

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  2. Who taught you?
    I learned it at school

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  3. What was your first project?
    a small flower

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  4. I was in my 20's when I learned how to knit.

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  5. I taught myself how to knit. I checked out a book at the library and bought a, "I taught myself to knit" kit and practiced until I got it right! At first it felt so awkward to use two needles but I once I got the hang of it, I loved knitting! I had always wanted to be a knitter.

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  6. My first project was a wrap called Graceful by Karen Yaksic and Medrith Glover. It came out great! I even used beads! I am a bit of an overachiever, I know. . .

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  7. I was knitting a lace shawl at the local ice rink. My husband is in a hockey league. A bunch of teenagers walked past me and one of the guys told the rest of his group that I had, "Mad knitting skills!" Cracked me up!!!

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  8. My mum was a great knitter and I learned from her. During the war she did her "bit".
    Ann
    (no need to enter me)

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  9. I was in my teens when my mom and I learned how to knit :)
    Thanks for the contest!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  10. A neighbor lady taught my mom and myself to knit :)
    Thank you!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  11. My first project - knitting mittens :)
    Thanks!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  12. I started to learn when I was 26, and I am still learning!
    I'm a follower!
    feltyfun at gmail dot com

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  13. My dear friend Brooke taught me. My very patient friend!
    feltyfun at gmail dot com

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