some excerpts from a document on historical knitting:
In England, knitting expanded rapidly in the 15th century, and at the beginning of the 16th, a number of strong Knitters Guilds were formed. A long and difficult apprenticeship was rigorously regulated: it took three years, after which the apprentice, now called a Companion or Journeyman, was to spend another three years working and studying elsewhere. After this six-year period he was admitted to the rank of master artisan upon the completion of:
A rug measuring eight by twelve feet
A shirt or jacket of wool
A pair of wool slippers
All this work had to be executed within thirteen weeks.
The rug had to be of a complex pattern composed of leaves, flowers, and birds, stylized in a conventional fashion and using twenty or thirty colors. This would not be the floor rug we know today, but a tapestry to adorn a wall
It is a curious fact that knitting, in the Middle Ages and even earlier, was a masculine craft, while women spun the yarn
for the larger part, my experiences with the chatbox has been very helpful...especially Mmario! the guy knows so much stuff! anyways, it's kinda sad that a few fellows mistake someone simply being nice with "romantic intentions" when i get time, i'm taking that crack about "i knit to sublimate romantic frustration" out of my profile. i thought i was only being humourous but too many seem to think it is some kind of an invitation. i'd like to think most folks are here for the knitting and the camraderie.