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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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Loom Knitting Part 2

I finished my hat! I’m so proud of this thing!

And I was just asked to make my coworker a hat. I even accepted it. I think that this purchase was easily the best $15 I’ve ever spent.

I know there are a lot of charities that desire hand knitted hats for premie babies, children with cancer, even adults with cancer. Maybe I’ll start knitting for those things. Charities like that have always been pretty close to my heart. My sister was a premie, my mom had cancer twice before she passed, and I’ve known a few people that have had cancer as children.

Anyways, I’m still working on my temperature blanket. I’m going to have a lot of colors in it. Our weather has been on one wild roller coaster for the last couple months. I’ll post pictures of it soon.

Happy knitting!