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-

Brillant Women-18th century Bluestockings

One of the many benefits of being a sustainer of the Junior League of London is the opportunity to take part in fun cultural and social events. This morning i went to the nattional portrait gallery for a special breakfast and tour of this gem of an exhibition. This small exhibit illustrates the emergence of a group of intellectual, independent women seeking freedom from the conventions of the day-embroidery sited as a particularly onerous activity of the time! Above is Mde. de Stael- an inspiring woman of the period kicked out of france by Napoleon for her criticism of his regime.

This doesn’t have much to do with knitting unless you are interested in the blue stocking element( vs. classic white silk worn generally by the gentry of the time, but that is a whole different story..). However, it does lead you to consider popular perceptions of hand crafts of various periods as well as our own. Aren’t we glad that our own hand crafted efforts are not viewed as shackling (sp?), don’t we all wish we had more time just to knit or needlepoint? Don’t you just hate the Shreddies ad with grannies knitting cereal pieces ( haven’t seen the staples ad with men’s sweaters yet..) Could go on ,but i won’t. In any case, see this if you’re in the area- the exhibit closes 15th June.

on a lighter note, one of my favorite pix of Abel during our photo session with Derek the other day.

abel and cable scaf,knitting not

don’t worry- this one won’t make it on a pattern!

bulls and sheep in seville

Daughter no.1 and I went to Seville last week for 2 days.seriously delightful city, but in almost 2 full days of walking, walking , walking, did not see anything knitting related except these sheep 

seville sheep as you know, seville is big on bulls but I prefer to think the shirt’s portraying the black sheep leading the white sheep.

HOWEVER, on our last stroll ,getting lost as usual on way back to hotel, we ran across this seville yarn needless to say, Alex did not want me to go in. I did, usual acrylic suspects, but I did see some seda, which I think means silk in bright wonderful colours- no time to investigate further. so yes, there is yarn in Seville- but I have no idea where it is!

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