Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Socks and the Civil War

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War...... From an issue of Scientific American, 10/26/1861 (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN? - I think it must have been an ad)

The government calls upon the loyal women of
America to knit stockings for our brave soldiers. The
following rules are laid down for the direction of
ladies wishing to knit socks for the soldiers:—Get
large needles and a coarse yarn; cast on seventy-eight
stitches, and knit the leg ten inches before setting the
heel. The heel should be three and a half inches
long, and knit of double yarn, one fine and one
coarse, for extra strength. The foot should be eleven
or twelve inches long.

It clearly assumes that the loyal women of America knew how to make socks.
Interesting... coarse yarn, large needles... 78 st cast on.  

If you get the chance... watch Ken Burn's The Civil War whilst knitting these.

Bible Verse for This Morning:
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:14

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