Massachusetts Conference For Women a few months ago, I noticed that the Schlesinger Library had a table. Since I visited and learned about the library in August, I stopped to take a look.
Among other things, they had several different postcards with pictures from their collections. Including the one here to the right. During World Wars I and II, Americans were encouraged to knit for the troops and help do their part for the war effort.
The American Red Cross Museum website has several wartime patterns that you can download for free. There are patterns for sweaters, socks, gloves, children's items, and more. It's a great resource and piece of history. I imagine that if you're really comfortable knitting, you could adapt these patterns to your own style as well. Let me know if any of you try!
I've tried to knit before, but I've never used a pattern or made anything for real. This scarf doesn't count as real. It was a start.
I really do want to knit a sweater. See Life List #17 and #96. I need some hands-on guidance and some nice yarn. All in due time.
Do any of you have stories about knitting for the troops?
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