1935 - Man Wins Knitting Prize

purlyman's picture

Found this in The New York Times (Aug. 15, 1935; p. 20):

"Boston, Aug. 14 (AP): Skill he learned at his mother's knee in Nova Scotia forty-seven years ago won the knitting title for John F. Cann. He outknitted 100 perspiring women at a contest conducted by the Boston Common Tercentenary Committee Yesterday.

He arrived when the contest was half finished, but his dexterity with the long needles won him a prize of a dozen skeins of yarn at the end of the race.

Mr. Cann paused long enough during his operations on a red stripe of the American flag to explain that he was taught to knit in Yarmouth, N.S., when he was 3 years old.

'Some one had to help mother out', he explained, 'because I had five other brothers who were very hard on their knitted stocking. I've knitted ever since, and I find it helpful in supporting my invalid wife in New Hampshire.'"


stch's picture

Thank you for sharing this article with us. 'Tis inspiring to read of men who enjoyed knitting throughout differing eras.

kiwiknitter's picture

Great story and from 1935! I bet he knit "Scottish" method. Having just finished a fling with this method of knitting, I can tell you it really is very fast. Thanks for sharing this.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Bill's picture

does "Scottish" mean long needles and a belt???

They were still knitting like this in Dentdale, Yorkshire, England at the end of WWI. The whole village was knitting socks for the army.

rjcb3's picture

Thank you for sharing this!

I LOVE it!


BuduR's picture

Bwahahaha! jumped in halfway through, stopped to tell the story of his learning to knit and still beat out the women! I'll bet some women complained about him for months! Wonderful story, thanks for sharing.

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