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:
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.
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 my 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!
The snow is melting and the birds are out. Finally seeing some warmer temperatures. I’m so happy. It comes at a small cost though. My allergies are kicking me already. All the pollen in the air is making me sneeze.
Just an opportunity to work on some projects.
My yarn box shawl from last month is still on the needles but it is coming along nicely.
I’m almost finished with the second pattern repeat. I’m very excited about how it’s turning out. Now I just have to figure out if I’m going to keep it or if I’m going to sell it to someone. I don’t have anything that goes with it.
I’m also going to be continuing my temperature blanket today. I’ve fallen quite a bit behind.
And my last project of the day has nothing to do with the fiber arts. I do some mechanic work. And I’ve been trying to get my 92 Toyota pickup running. I finally got her going, but she needs more work. I need to get a new exhaust manifold gasket put on.and my project for today is to get the part. Then tomorrow I’ll run out to my friends place and have him give me an extra set of hands.
She’s a little rusty but she’s my baby.
Anyway. Happy knitting!
I ran across this article while I was on Facebook and thought you would like it.
It’s just a little article about how the fiber arts are good for your health.
I know that in my last post I said that I had a kink in my neck that was causing pain and that I couldn’t do any knitting because of it. Well. It got worse and worse. I tried to suffer through as best I could and go to work. It was one of the more painful things I’ve had to deal with and still go to work. With that being said I didn’t get a lot of knitting or crocheting done in the last week. I feel like I’ve gotten way behind.
I got my yarnbox in on Monday. I was so excited. I can’t wait to start working on it. However, I still haven’t gotten the project from last month completed yet. Spoiler: I’ll be using the knitting pattern for this month as well. The colors are absolutely beautiful.
I also got in a box of yarn that I purchased about 2 weeks ago from yarnsupply.com. I bought some Permier Sweet Rolls, which are similar to Caron Cakes and Bernat Pop. Sweet Rolls are 100% acrylic and they have a lot of beautiful colors.
I got my truck running again with the help of a friend who managed to see everything I overlooked. So I’ve been driving my truck around for the last week. It feels nice to have her running again. She was one of the last big things my mom and I did together and her name is still on my registration. I wouldn’t give up this truck for anything.
I’m due to go back out on the road next week. Good news is that I’ll only be overnight for Monday night and I’ll be back Tuesday night. I’ll bring my yarnbox kit from last month and I’ll try to get some headway on it now that I’m feeling better!
Today is a slow day for me. A very lazy day with not much to do. So I decided to crack open a cookbook an make some cookies. So I grab the book that is the guide book to my spirit animal. “Eat Like a Gilmore” by Kristi Carlson.
I decided to make the rocky road cookies. They looked good in the show and they sounded good today so why not.
The recipe calls for the cookie sheets to be lined with parchment paper. Well, I didn’t have that at first, and I barely had aluminum foil. Absolutely needed parchment paper… The first batch was a little rockier than I had anticipated. They stuck to the foil.
So, I then sent my husband to the store to get parchment paper. They started to look better after that. Now that I’m making cookies from the book it’s time to watch some Gilmore Girls an knit. I have to get caught up on my temperature blanket and finish my shawl from my yarn box.
Dinner tonight is one of my favorite foods. It’s something my mom used to make especially when it was cold out. Tomato soup and dumplings. A great way to end a great day!