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The Afternoon Show Knitters - Group 2

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Knitting has been making a huge comeback in the last few years.
Celebrities like Juila Roberts; Geri Halliwell; Winona Ryder; Dakota Fanning; Cameron Diaz and even Russell Crowe have been spotted knitting in between takes on their movie sets.

Knitting is becoming one of the most popular hobbies again; it is a lot of fun and is very soothing. Christmas is around the corner and with everyone feeling the pinch at the moment and the fact that we have a little extra time on our hands, what better gift to give then a one-of-a-kind handmade item, like jumpers, socks, toys or tea cozies the list is endless.

Gaelscoil Cholmcille

Mona McCormac - Knitting Teacher in Gaelscoil Cholmcille

Rebecca Ní Shiomóin aged 11 in 6th Class
Aifric Ní Bhraonáin aged 11 in 5th Class
Keith Mac Cathmhaoil (cath-wheel) aged 10 in 4th Class
Darragh Ó Dálaigh aged 8 in 3rd Class


Mena Humphreys from Co. Limerick sent us some of her stuff.

Paddington Bear & rag doll
A selection of baby clothes and blanket
Tea Cosy

Maureen Christopher from Dublin sent us some of her stuff:

Fingerless gloves
Kids Cardigan
Ladies Cardigan

Additional / Misc' Info:
The History of Knitting:

"The art of hand knitting has been practiced for thousands of years. How this art was originally learned is a mystery but some believe that it originated in Persia
It was apparently unknown in Europe before the 15th century when it began to be practiced in Italy and Spain. The Scots claimed its invention and also its introduction into France.

The first knitting machine, invented in England in 1589 by William Lee (clergy man), was refused a patent by Queen Elizabeth on the grounds that it would curtail the work of hand knitters. He went on to make his machine in France. The basic technology of modern day knitting machines is still similar to Lee's machine.
In the 80's the popularity of knitting showed a sharp decline during this period in the Western world. Sales of patterns and yarns slumped, as the craft was increasingly seen as old-fashioned and children were rarely taught to knit in school.
The increased availability and low cost of machine knitted items meant that consumers could have a sweater at the same cost of purchasing the wool and pattern themselves, or often for far less."

Source: The Columbia Encyclopedia

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