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Two women in coastal Norway ca. The woman on the right is knitting, wearing Sunnfjord bunad, including the pointed hat typical of the region.

Postcard showing 'Herring Lasses off Duty' - two typical 'Scotch' Girls (as they were known) off duty, knitting needles in hands.  This was a regular sight in town, seeing them walking around town, knitting and chatting as they went. Every spare moment was taken up with knitting when they weren't packing the fish barrels. Knitters created their own stitch patterns often taking ideas from the Scottish herring girls' work.  Norfolk England, Sheringham Museum

Cordova Gansey Project - The Long Story (cont.) - The Net Loft Traditional Handcrafts

Lupineke. A woman’s hand never stops …! During our investigation of the Zealand fisherman sweaters That we discover the origin of this child designs in England. There the ganseys , as t…

Lupineke

A woman’s hand never stops …! During our investigation of the Zealand fisherman sweaters That we discover the origin of this child designs in England. There the ganseys , as t…

Shetlands, woman knitting

1902 Janet Peterson of Sloag, Shetland Island, Scotland, sitting knitting socks.

Lecture d'un message - mail Orange

Greek woman knitting / over the neck / great for working multiple colors at one time

Old woman Knitting in Portugal. Notice how she has the yarn around her neck and a safety pin attatched to her shirt for tension. I one saw someone knitting like this. She was Greek. I've never tried it, but it seems like it would take some tension off your hands!

Old woman Knitting, Portugal. Yarn looped behind the neck helps control yarn tension.

knitting for boys in France in 1917 by spiden001, via Flickr

Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average.

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