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

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