My PA (that's personal assistant and not Prince Albert) gave me as a New Year's gift a daily calendar called "Knit Bits". It has a little piece about knitting for each day of the year. I thought it might be fun to share them here throughout the year.
Dec 31 - Jan 1 Knitting can be solace, inspiration, adventure. It is manual and mental therapy. It keeps us warm as well as those we like and love. It has existed almost as long as the soft sheep, and in giving us wool they are deprived ony of an uncomfortably warm fur coat in the heat of the summer. From Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann (On this date there is a picture of a woman knitting with the balloon which says "I'm knitalicious!")
Jan 2 Knitting had become such an arcane activity that doing it in public always elicited a response. It sent older men into fits of nostalgia about their mothers. Older women gave a knowing smile. Young men and women would stare with open-mouthed curiousity. I might as well have been churning butter. From Stitch 'n Bitch: the Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller
Jan 3 There are so many different varieties of wool since there are more than 70 different breeds of sheep. The base fiber is sheared from the fleece of a sheep. Wool is the most common animal fiber used in yarns because of the abundance of sheep raised around the world and because of its superior quality for spinning and dyeing. Wool yarns are elastic and retain their shape well.
Jan 4 Many patterns known today were first formed by hands that have become dust hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Thus knitting is a true folk art, developed over centuries by millions of ordinary people who delight in creating beauty with their hands. From A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker