Knitting Poem

When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.

The Prayse of the Needle

To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,

I write the Needles praise (that never fades)

So long as children shall be got or borne,

So long as garments shall be made, or worne,

So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear

Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;

So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle

Of their owne Entrailes, for mans gaine shall toyle:

Yea, till the world be quite dissolu'd and past;

So long at least, the Needles use shall last.

By John Taylor (1580-1653)

I like to be connected with the knitters of times past which is why I collect and use vintage knitting accessories and some patterns.  I hope you enjoyed this bit of knitting history.



Thanks Jesse, that was wonderful. I feel that time is going backwards as we become more & more familiar with flax, hemp, soy & bamboo yarns. 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Yeah, Martin. Wouldn't we all like to turn time back a bit?

Jesse, I also enjoy old patterns, techniques, and tools. One time, made a sweater on five 14" dpns, just for the experience. Was an interesting project, not too difficult. Used an old gansey pattern, knit in round to arms, then knit back-&-forth to shoulders, etc. I am glad that technology has given us AddiTurbos and flexible dpns and circulars, though. Definitely makes the job easier.

Have fun,