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Did you know that:There are only two basic stitches in knitting, with which all other stitch patterns are made. The two basic stitches used in knitting are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The purl stitch is essentialy the back of a knit stitch, so is worked almost exactly backwards of the way a knit stitch is worked. Variations of these two stitches make all the patterns in knitting.
Knitting is an activity that stimulates both sides of the brain simultaneously. Research has shown that knitting has a preventive effect on developing Alzheimer's disease.
For a long time many people have thought of knitting as exclusively a woman's hobby though historians believe that it was invented by men. Most historians agree that knitting originated with male Arabian sailors and was basically a male-only craft until fairly recently in it's history.
During the Middle Ages the exclusive knitting guilds were not open to women. In many non-western cultures knitting has remained prominent amongst men and is now considered a unisex hobby.
I-cord is short for Idiot cord.
This technique was so named by Elizabeth Zimmermann because it is so easy even an idiot can do it.
I-cord was originally called “stay-lace” and used in corsets.
After oil spills penguins can be cleaned, but they are not immediately ready to be released into the wild. Woolly sweaters are the best way relief workers know to keep the risk of preening at bay while also keeping the penguins warm. After an initial cleaning, the penguins are dressed in their woolly sweaters and rehabilitated in salt water pools to create more natural oils before they return to their natural habitat.
English style knitting was developed as a means to make knitting more ladylike. The English method was also called "drawing room position" and was taught during the Victorian era as a more attractive way for upper class ladies to knit. Until this time most knitting was utilitarian, but as it became a popular and proper past time among upper class women,
a more dignified posture was adopted. Lower class knitters still used the faster and more efficient "continental" method.