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knitting and our country’s independence

I got to wondering this morning about knitting’s place in our country’s fight for independence nearly 250 years ago.

I learned about our soldiers in the war for independence freezing their feet off (literally in some cases) in the cold, hard winter at Valley Forge.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of General George Washington crossing the Delaware River, also during Winter (December 25 and 26 in 1776, to be exact).

But did you know that Martha Washington (wife of George Washington, just in case you didn’t know) organized knitting parties (as in groups, not literal parties …) to hand knit socks and bandages for the soldiers?  Bandages!

Or that Sabina Elliott, a widow, knit stockings that included “1776” knit right in (apparently, some of these stockings still exist today).

I would love to see some of the stockings, bandages and scarves knit by those girls and women, and I wonder what my own ancestors knit for the cause (many of my ancestors were colonists).

Hope are you enjoying your own celebration of our independence!  Let me know if you’re knitting bandages!

{ image:  Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze, 1851, oil on canvas }

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