Knitting has evolved from Colonial times, when it was a tedious chore for girls (and boys, too!) to an extremely popular activity today. Knitting for beginners, and those with some experience, will be explored at this knitting workshop for kids. Museum Educator Laurie Walker will talk about knitting, and teach the basics. Each child will start on a scarf. Snack of applesauce.
This program will have an additional materials fee of $8 per child, as each student will take home their knitting needles and yarn.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.
Did You Know?
According to the knitting site FiberWild (based on information from No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne L. Macdonald) “Martha Washington herself was a fierce knitter and was said to never be without her knitting needles. During the Revolutionary War she spent many months in camp with General George Washington. She was called “Lady Washington” and was said to be a grand lady, America’s own version of royalty, yet when Mrs. Troupe had the honor to visit Mrs. Washington in camp she said “We found her (Mrs. Washington) knitting and with an apron on! She received us very graciously and easily, but after the compliments were over she resumed her knitting. There we were without a stitch of work, and sitting in state, but General Washington’s lady with her own hands was knitting stockings for herself and her husband.” In fact, there are “Martha Washington sewing cabinets” which were particularly popular during the Depression.
Knitting was initially a male-only occupation. In fact, when the very first knitting union was established in Paris in 1527, no women were allowed.