Monday, April 4, 2016

A bit of knitting history - Maybe?


I don't want our blog to be considered just a piece of knitting "fluff".... so here is your history lesson for today.


As a fine example of the nalbinding/knitting confusion, the famous (notorious?) Dura-Europos fragment is considered by many to be the oldest fragment of knitting in existence. Found in the Indus River Valley and dating back several thousand years, it is listed in many books and the original dig report as knitting (I sincerely wonder if they HAD a knitter on the original dig.) Barbara Walker has even written a pattern so we can all knit something historical. Unfortunately, the Dura-Europos fragment has been proven to be made of nalbinding. Still, the knit version would make a cool pair of socks. 

Next:  any comments on "nalbinding"?  (What the heck is that, anyway?)




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