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Knitting Collection

"Knitting: A Timeless Craft Weaving Stories and Warmth" In the midst of chaos, knitting threads together a sense of comfort and unity

Background imageKnitting Collection: Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell

Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell
" Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding into the Land of My Dreams." Knitting themed illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell showing a cherubic little girl knitting comforts for the troops

Background imageKnitting Collection: Poster advertising Sunlight Soap

Poster advertising Sunlight Soap -- for rest and leisure. Date: early 20th century

Background imageKnitting Collection: Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2

Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2
Cover design, instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, World War Two, price one shilling. circa 1940

Background imageKnitting Collection: Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Shetland knitter, Shetland Islands, Scotland. She is knitting as she walks along with a bulky load on her back. Date: late 19th century

Background imageKnitting Collection: Royal family at home, special sitting for ILN, May 1942

Royal family at home, special sitting for ILN, May 1942
The Royal Family at home. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth are seen chatting, Princess Elizabeth, just sixteen is knitting (for the troops)

Background imageKnitting Collection: Knitting Sweetheart

Knitting Sweetheart
Sassy wartime woman lounging in a chair knitting while a portrait of her boyfriend or husband smiles from the canvas

Background imageKnitting Collection: Kitten Tangled in Wool

Kitten Tangled in Wool
" Didn t you know I could knit?" On this evidence, this kitten is a long way from knitting a woolly jumper

Background imageKnitting Collection: Knitting Expert

Knitting Expert
A young man in an armchair gets himself in rather a tangle with his knitting!

Background imageKnitting Collection: Dressing Shetland Shawls

Dressing Shetland Shawls
Women from the Shetland Islands dress Shetland wool shawls on large racks Date: 1908

Background imageKnitting Collection: Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1

Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1
Knitted Comforts for Men on Land and Sea - front cover of a booklet published by J & J Baldwin s, yarn manufacturers of Halifax

Background imageKnitting Collection: Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts

Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts
Advertisement for Patons Alloa knitting wools during the First World War featuring a Red Cross nurse busy knitting and the words, Every Woman Can Help. Date: c.1915

Background imageKnitting Collection: Book of patterns: Women & War - How to knit and crochet

Book of patterns: Women & War - How to knit and crochet
Book of patterns: Women & War- How to knit and crochet, articles neccesary to the Health and Comfort of our Soldiers and Sailors. Associated with World War One, Home Front (1914-1918). Date: 1918

Background imageKnitting Collection: PIrate knitting pattern

PIrate knitting pattern
A gay, swashbuckling three-piece to knit for teenagers! The 1950s were a more innocent time

Background imageKnitting Collection: Schoolgirls Knitting

Schoolgirls Knitting
A class of young German girls busy with their knitting, aided by fraulein : since the date is 1915, they are probably knitting socks for the soldiers at the front

Background imageKnitting Collection: Woman Knitting 1929

Woman Knitting 1929
A woman sits knitting - the illustration shows the new elongated slender silhouette which was to come into fruition in the 1930s

Background imageKnitting Collection: Characterful old lady with her knitting

Characterful old lady with her knitting
A characterful old lady sits in a chair, holding a few rows of knitting in front of her as she looks thoughtfully into the distance

Background imageKnitting Collection: Traditional indian wool

Traditional indian wool, Solola, Guatemala, Central America

Background imageKnitting Collection: Sexy Woman Showing Off Her Nylons, 1949 (screen print)

Sexy Woman Showing Off Her Nylons, 1949 (screen print)
2622196 Sexy Woman Showing Off Her Nylons, 1949 (screen print) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageKnitting Collection: WW1 - Home Front - The Queens Work for Women Fund

WW1 - Home Front - The Queens Work for Women Fund
After the outbreak of WW1, many women in the textile and clothing industry had lost their jobs as export markets closed, posing a direct threat to their job prospects

Background imageKnitting Collection: The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem

The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem
Page from The Needle Worker from March 1915, advising readers on knitting for men and boys and featuring, The Knitting Song, a poem by Jessie Pope

Background imageKnitting Collection: The first knitting club for men!. The first mens knitting club has been formed

The first knitting club for men!. The first mens knitting club has been formed in Prague with the avowed object of propagating and teaching the art of knitting among men

Background imageKnitting Collection: Mother and four children on the beach

Mother and four children on the beach
A delightful photograph of a Mother and her four children spending the day on the beach at Palm Bay, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent

Background imageKnitting Collection: Dutch colonists in early New Amsterdam

Dutch colonists in early New Amsterdam
Dutch settlers outdoors along the Battery, New Amsterdam, 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageKnitting Collection: Tompkins upright rotary knitting machine 1875

Tompkins upright rotary knitting machine 1875
Tompkins American family company, showing upright rotary knitting machine. Date: 1875

Background imageKnitting Collection: Knitting

Knitting 1934

Background imageKnitting Collection: Patriotism in a British home, WW1

Patriotism in a British home, WW1
A cosy scene in a British home showing a young man (possibly a wounded sailor?) displaying a Union Jack flag to the rest of his family

Background imageKnitting Collection: A Shetland Peat Carrier

A Shetland Peat Carrier
A Woman of the Shetland Islands carring turves of peat in a wicker back pack basket. She does her knitting whilst she walks (possible some distance). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageKnitting Collection: Knitting Girl, 1883 (oil on canvas)

Knitting Girl, 1883 (oil on canvas)
7063401 Knitting Girl, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Anker, Albert (1831-1910); 57x37 cm; Private Collection

Background imageKnitting Collection: A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt

A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt and Son in Nottingham 31st March 1954

Background imageKnitting Collection: Cock o th North wool advertisement, WW1 knitting

Cock o th North wool advertisement, WW1 knitting
Advertisement for Cock o th North knitting wools made by Carter and Parker of Baildon Mills, near Shipley in Yorkshire and ideal for making comforts for soldiers

Background imageKnitting Collection: Robin knitting pattern featuring old chap with pipe

Robin knitting pattern featuring old chap with pipe
Cover of a Robin knitting pattern for a fetching tank top for the dapper gent in your life. Date: c.1955

Background imageKnitting Collection: Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby

Sewing in the Garden by Millicent Sowerby
Two girl guides sit in a picturesque garden knitting socks and comforters after their exertions gardening

Background imageKnitting Collection: Faroe Islands, Denmark - Women Spinning

Faroe Islands, Denmark - Women Spinning
A woman working at a spinning wheel with two companions - The Faroe Islands, Denmark

Background imageKnitting Collection: Old English Sheepdog turned into wool

Old English Sheepdog turned into wool
An Old English Sheepdog with its enterprising owner, who has spun its coat into balls of wool for knitting

Background imageKnitting Collection: Elderly mans secret reading material

Elderly mans secret reading material
An elderly pipe smoking gent raises an eybrow as he reveals it is not the daily newspaper which is grasping his attention

Background imageKnitting Collection: Herring Fleet Fisher Women, East Coast of Britain, 1913

Herring Fleet Fisher Women, East Coast of Britain, 1913
Photographs showing three views of fisher women who worked for the herring fleet on the East coast of Britain in 1913. At top, three women stand at the pickling trough, gutting and pickling herring

Background imageKnitting Collection: A labour of love

A labour of love
Dutch boy plaits the hair of his girl friend while she is knitting socks. Artist: Ethel Parkinson Date: 1911

Background imageKnitting Collection: Prodigal Son Returns

Prodigal Son Returns
A ne er-do-well son, obviously the apple of the mothers and sisters eye, returns home. The dog greets him tail wagging, but his stern father doesn t look best pleased

Background imageKnitting Collection: Our boys need sox, knit your bit

Our boys need sox, knit your bit. Date 1918?

Background imageKnitting Collection: Allenburys Nurse

Allenburys Nurse
Advertisement for Allenburys Diet for Invalids featuring a serene looking nurse sitting by a patients bedside knitting. A teapot, containing, presumably, some Allenburys concoction

Background imageKnitting Collection: Children Make a Wreath

Children Make a Wreath
Three little girls & their brother sit upon a quilt in the middle of the floor. The eldest girl has abandoned her knitting to make a floral wreath for the youngest. Date: circa 1870

Background imageKnitting Collection: Visit of the Angel, from the right wing of the Buxtehude Altar, 1400-10 (tempera

Visit of the Angel, from the right wing of the Buxtehude Altar, 1400-10 (tempera
XKH145294 Visit of the Angel, from the right wing of the Buxtehude Altar, 1400-10 (tempera on panel) by Master Bertram of Minden (c.1345-c.1415); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; German

Background imageKnitting Collection: Cartoon by Charles Addams

Cartoon by Charles Addams
A group of passengers on the New York subway look in alarm at the growing garment appearing from the knitting needles of one old lady - a sweater with two neck holes. Date: 1955

Background imageKnitting Collection: The Knitting Lesson, c1860. Creator: Jean Francois Millet

The Knitting Lesson, c1860. Creator: Jean Francois Millet
The Knitting Lesson, c1860.

Background imageKnitting Collection: Portrait Of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence With Her Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley, c1898

Portrait Of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence With Her Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley, c1898. Creator: Mary Cassatt
Portrait Of Mrs. Cyrus J. Lawrence With Her Grandson R. Lawrence Oakley, c1898. Emily Lawrence is shown interrupting her knitting to grasp her grandson's hand as he leans over the back of her

Background imageKnitting Collection: knitting bee, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

knitting bee, between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
knitting bee, between c1915 and c1920.

Background imageKnitting Collection: Portrait De Madame Lemasson, 1891. Creator: Emile Bernard

Portrait De Madame Lemasson, 1891. Creator: Emile Bernard
Portrait De Madame Lemasson, 1891. The sitter, Madame Lemasson, is the innkeeper with whom Bernard stayed during his visits to the coastal town of Saint Briac between 1886 and 1892

Background imageKnitting Collection: Costume of Coutances

Costume of Coutances
5855682 Costume of Coutances; (add.info.: Woman in the costume of Coutances. The base of the bonnet is spread and the wings of the papillon (butterfly) are pulled far back behind the ears



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"Knitting: A Timeless Craft Weaving Stories and Warmth" In the midst of chaos, knitting threads together a sense of comfort and unity. With Mabel Lucie Attwell's enchanting illustration in "Theres a Long, Long Trail, " we embark on a journey through time. During World War II, an instruction booklet titled "Knitting for the RAF" became a lifeline for many brave souls. Knitting needles clicked rhythmically as they crafted garments to protect those who soared high above. Amidst wartime scarcity, even advertisements played their part. A poster advertising Sunlight Soap showcased the versatility by featuring intricate patterns that could be created with their product. Who said pirates couldn't knit? Unveiling a pirate knitting pattern brought whimsy to this age-old craft, proving that creativity knows no bounds. Even royalty found solace in knitting during challenging times. In May 1942, the Royal family gathered at home for a special sitting captured by ILN magazine—a heartwarming image that reminds us of our shared humanity. The term "Knitting Sweetheart" emerged as loved ones knitted tokens of affection for soldiers fighting far from home. Each stitch carried love and hope across vast distances. Sometimes mischief finds its way into our yarn-filled world—like when mischievous kittens become tangled in wool. Their playful antics remind us to embrace joy amidst life's tangles. Becoming an expert knitter requires dedication and practice. Countless hours are spent perfecting techniques and unraveling challenges until mastery is achieved—an art form worth celebrating. From Shetland shawls to Baldwin's knitting leaflet during WW1, these timeless creations have adorned shoulders throughout history—each one telling its own story woven with care and craftsmanship. In times of war, Patons knitting wools advertisement provided comfort through handmade comforts—a reminder that even small acts can make significant differences in people's lives. Books like "Women & War.