A View from Sierra County

Small town life and politics, lots of knitting, and travels with and without my five burros

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Location: In the Sierra Nevadas, United States

I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Public Knitting

I got to drop by one of my favorite local used book stores yesterday and picked up Knitting Ganseys and The Mitten Book. Want to share this great quote:

"How would it look, do you think, if everyone, old and young, would sit down together to knit for a while? Laughter and merriment and riddles and questions and folktales and anecdotes from each person's life would blend together in the stitches. Then later, when you recalled these events that have gone through your own fingers stitch by stitch, they would speak their own quiet language: Do you remember? Do you remember?" --Hermanna Stengard

Hermanna was the inspiration for The Mitten Book, as her book, Gotlandsk Sticksom (The Knitting of Gotland), originally published in 1925 to record traditional patterns had gone out of print. Her words of truth about the value of gathering together in public to knit could still serve as a motto today.


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