knitting and sex at Smith College in the 60’s

My lovely Aunt Meg has been in town visiting gardens and us! Needless to say, a lot of knitting chat as Meg was a prolific knitter before the demands of being a dedicated lawyer got in the way. She is brillant and graduated from Smith in the 60’s where besides being a scholar and avid political activist, she also knit constantly. Kniting was actually seriously popular at Smith and one of her best kniting stories goes something like this( look away now if sexual content offends…)

Knitting was often taken to lectures and this particularly annoyed one Prof ( I mean Mr.) call him X.Well Mr. X  one day called on a Ms. Y  saying ” You realize Ms. Y that kniting is a form of m………n”

To which Ms. Y replied ” You do it your way,I’ll do it my way”

Meg said this is story was so popular that an alternate ending evolved

Ms.Y replies”When I knit, I knit, When I m-, I M-e”

I am not kidding, She swears it’s true- I think it’s hilarious….

In the vein of family knitting stories, there was the one about my mother’s first knit project ever- an argyle sock for her boyfriend and one about knitting scarfs for lepers( at which point my almost adult kids wanted to know what a leper was, OMG)… but this is another story.

Well to prove what goes around comes around, I taught my Aunt how to knit socks on circular needles- ironic as she was almost certainly instrumental in my early knitting progress.. Here’s her first heel turn- very exciting

knitting in nuremberg

 Proving that I have raised my chldren properly, Alex sent me this pic of a yarn shop in Nuremberg. However,her instincts are not all right- She did not go in! So where’s the wollmeise- where are the Suzanne ebony needles? Off to Berlin in a few weeks to visit her and get the goods-

Reincarnation

 So this was the shawl that turned into another shawl that then  was started as a tank top which then had designs as a beach cover up but finally found life as a boring old cardigan which is my favorite of all its incarnations ( really crummy picture I know, but derek the photographer is in France).

So just how many times can Blue heron rayon metallic yarn be frogged? you count… This yarn is amazing. I still want to do a beach coverup though but somehow this rather ordinary cardigan felt right and looks great on.

Have also just finished a project for Rio de la Plata- but I’d better get it to Mauricio before showing it here..

 

 

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