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Knitting and Other Crafts
History and culture
The word is derived from knot and ultimately from the Old English
cnyttan, to knot.
Nålebinding (Danish: literally "binding with a needle" or
"needle-binding") is a fabric creation technique predating both
knitting and crochet. That said, one of the earliest known examples
of true knitting was cotton socks with stranded knit color patterns
found in Egypt from the end of the first millennium AD
The first commercial knitting guilds appear in Western Europe in
the early fifteenth century (Tournai in 1429, Barcelona in 1496).
The Guild of Saint Fiacre was founded in Paris in 1527 but the
archives mention an organization (not necessarily a guild) of
knitters from 1268.
With the invention of the knitting machine, knitting "by hand"
became a craft used by country people with easy access to fiber.
Similar to quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, hand knitting became
a leisure activity for the wealthy.
Do any of you ladies have a craft idea that you would like to
share,then this is the place to do that.