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Knitting in espionage

While looking online, trying to find something I could post for Story Saturday, I came across a story about knitting. During World War I and II, knitting, embroidery and the like were used as an espionage tactic to send messages to soldiers. For the purpose of this post I will be concentrating on knitting.

Knitters spent hours knitting messages about the activities and chatter of opposing forces. This information was invaluable and changed the course of the war.

Morse Code was most predominantly used as it raised less suspicion that using a predetermined code and cypher. This allowed people to pass important information to the resistance under the guise of making warm hats, scarves, and even whole sweaters for soldiers. However, some knitters used a binary code systems using knit and purl stitches in place of ones and zeros.

These knitters changed the course of history by using their talent in a very unique way. I’m excited that the craft that I love has a long rich history with people who risked everything to help others. I find it very inspiring.

You can read the full article here:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/knitting-spies-wwi-wwii

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WIP’s and Chains

I have many WIP’s to discuss this week. I have a set of market bags that I’m trying to work on for the summer. I’m hoping to get a bicycle at some point soon and I’ll go to the farmers market to get fresh fruits and such. I’m really excited. I’m using Caron Cotton Cakes. They came out with a few new colorways so while I was in Bismarck a few weeks ago for training I bought some.

I’m also working on a squared waffle stitch afghan for myself. It’s a very warm stitch and I absolutely love the way it’s coming together. For that project I’m using Caron Big Cakes in the Boysenberry colorway. I’ll be using 8 to 10 cakes in total. This is probably my favorite project to date. I love these colors.

It’s no secret that I’m 100% in love with the Caron Cakes line of yarn. I find the colors very diverse and the texture is so soft. I hope to continue to use them.

I still try and do some charity work making hats for babies and so forth. Even with my life being a little crazy lately I know that I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t crocheting or knitting some project.

With all this being said, life is hard sometimes. But, with some yarn and a little imagination you can bring some beauty to an otherwise ugly situation.

Happy Knitting!

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Long Time…

I took a very long break from this blog. I had many things on my mind and needed some time to work on things.

Mother’s day passed on the 13th and the Monday before was the two year anniversary of my mom’s passing. In that time I was thinking more about what would make my mom proud and that would mean doing what makes me happy so here I am back at it.

I’m revamping this blog to make it more streamlined with my work schedule. Speaking of I’m still working as a phlebotomist, however, I’m also working on an ambulance crew down here so I’m back to working two jobs.

I’ll also be going back to school for an accounting degree. I eventually want to start a business selling yarn and all things knitting and crochet. I figured that this would be a good way to start.

The new set up is as follows.

Saturdays- Stories (Things I find online that would be interesting reads)
Wednesdays- WIP’s (I’ll discuss┬ámy progress on my projects)
Mondays- Moments (Thoughts I have about things going on in my life)

I’m very excited to get back to my crazy, busy, hectic life. I love staying busy with work and life. Many things are changing around here and I’m glad they are working out for the best!

Happy Knitting!