Archive - Apr 16, 2006 - Forum topic

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Forum Topic: James Norbury and the Method of Knitting

Yesterday, we went to an antique show/fair and one of the exhibitors was a woman who was furiously knitting.  Of course, I went to chat with her and discovered that she was knitting in the medieval method of holding the right needle still and tucked under the right arm while all the movements of knitting were done by the left arm.  The only involvement of the right hand was to throw the wool.  Those who have studied the history of knitting know that in the medieval ages the members of the knitting guilds wore special belts with a groove which held the right hand needle in a stationary position.  I must say that this woman knitted with great speed both the knit and the purl stitches.