Knitting in the Arts : A poem, a song & an unforgettable video !

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The Last Knit

This one is hard to pin down ( obviously people like it though – it’s been downloaded over a million times !) – it’s a bit unnerving for me ( I suggest you view it first before showing it to your kids) – especially since I know a certain someone who can/would knit like that !

Laura Neuvonen, who created this short, works as an animator at the animation studio Anima Vitae.  Also known as, “Kutoja” (The Last Knit), it  has been screened at numerous film festivals & won quite a number of awards.  View it here.

The Never Not Knitting Theme Song came along this week & it just makes me laugh.

This poem evokes quite different feelings.  I can still see the look in my Grandmother’s eyes when I asked her why she stopped knitting in the 40’s.  I guess she’d had enough.

The Knitting Song
by Jessie Pope

Sailor lad, on the sodden ground,
Sailor lad on the seas,
Can’t you hear a little clicketty sound
Stealing across on the breeze?
It’s the knitting-needles singing their song
As they twine the khaki or blue,
Thousands and thousands and thousands strong,
Tommy and Jack, for you.

Click — click — click,
How they dart and flick,
Flashing in the firelight to and fro!
Now for purl and plain,
Round and round again,
Knitting love and luck in every row.

The busy hands may be rough or white,
The fingers gouty or slim,
The careful eyes may be youthfully bright,
Or they may be weary and dim,
Lady and workgirl, young and old,
They’ve all got one end in view,
Knitting warm comforts against the cold,
Tommy and Jack, for you.

Knitting away by the midnight oil,
Knitting when day begins,
Lads, in the stress of your splendid toil,
Can’t you hear the song of the pins?
Clicketty, click — through the wind and the foam
It’s telling the boys over there
That every “woolly” that comes from home
Brings a smile and a hope and a prayer.

Click — click — click,
How they dart and flick,
Flashing in the firelight to and fro!
Now for purl and plain,
Round and round again,
Knitting love and luck in every row.

Jessie Pope was an English author, born in Leicester March 18, 1868 and educated at the North London Collegiate School for Girls from 1883 to 1886. Pope began writing for Punch; between 1902 and 1922 she contributed 170 poems to the magazine. She was a prolific writer of humorous verse, articles and short stories. She received accolades as the ‘foremost woman humourist’ who had ‘nimble wit and a polished facility for rhyme and scansion’.

Just a few knitting tidbits from my “vault” !

Happy week..

Elizabeth

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