Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday's Yarn Day

Well, there it is!  The dreaded Kitchener stitch!
I don't know why I think it's dreaded--it's easy to do,
if you concentrate while doing it.
It got me to thinking---hmmm,
where and how did this stitch begin.
Knitting played a big part in WWI and many 
were encouraged to knit socks for the soldiers.
Take a look at the history of this 'famous' stitch.

And how did Kitchener get its name--here is the low down!

The British Secretary of State for War, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, associated himself with the Red Cross drive to urge women to knit “comforts” or items for the men in the military, particularly mittens, socks and scarves. He was concerned about the foot problems the sock seams caused and personally contributed a pattern for socks which included a seamless grafting technique that would come to be known as the “Kitchener stitch”.

okay, I'm grabbing my needles and a quiet location to close up these socks
and I'll be done with another UFO!
Happy Wednesday Knitting or whatever fiber work you are doing.

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