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She knits for the troops while selling papers - 18-March-1941. Mrs. Emily Lawrence of Islington, London, known to all as Emily, has been selling newspapers at the Aldwych tube pitch for the last 14 years, and now she has added knitting to her activities. She knits at every odd moment while selling her papers, and so far the troops have two pairs of socks a week and pullovers, Emily's regular output. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)

Mrs Hannah Cook the champion knitter of the Kedron Comforts Fund in World War I. She is knitting what looks like a sock with the wool, rolled into a ball and held in the bag on her left arm.

Ballyhoo Vintage News: Knitting on the Home Front Circa World War I

Re Knitting: Knitting in World War 2

Re Knitting: Knitting in World War 2

Directions for Knitting two socks at once. Australian Comforts Fund Souvenir Collection, Souvenirs 8, 2/2/1. Australian War Memorial

Needlework and Knitting Instructions for First World War volunteers from the Red Cross via Scribd

War time and what families did. Reproduced in this intriguing collection, these government pamphlets included tips on recycling curtains into dresses and instructions for turning old sheets into underwear. Covering darning, patching, knitting, and more, this is a nostalgic look at the innovative thriftiness of the 1940s.

How To Darn Holes and Tears - excerpts from a World War II leaflet with excellent instructions for darning holes in both wovens and knits - they work beautifully.

Make Do and Mend: Darning | Coletterie

Knitting for your country!

Crochet and knit poppy patterns to honor war veterans - Providence knitting |

Crochet and knit poppy patterns to honor war veterans

Along with basic instructions and a pattern for a simple knitted vest, the article advised, “To the great American question ‘What can I do to help the war effort?’ the commonest answer yet found is ‘Knit.’" The article pointed out that hand-knitters were turning out garments for soldiers despite the fact that machine-knitting was more efficient. Knitting gave people at home a way to help.

" 'Soldiers in housedresses...' indeed they truly were [&, perhaps, still could & need to be-dress optional-in continuing more worthwhile traditions today for strengthened community, security & happiness these days]." And gratitude is always a heartening must to refresh others' lives with sincerely & regularly:)