When my new book arrived from Canada, the owner of the shop included this old poem which I wanted to share.
The Prayse of the Needle
To all dispersed sorts of Arts and Trades,
I write the Needles praise (that never fades)
So long as children shall be got or borne,
So long as garments shall be made, or worne,
So long as Hemp or Flax, or Sheep shal bear
Their linnen wollen fleeces yeare by yeare;
So long as Silk-worms, with exhausted spoyle
Of their owne Entrailes, for mans gaine shall toyle:
Yea, till the world be quite dissolu'd and past;
So long at least, the Needles use shall last.
By John Taylor (1580-1653)
I like to be connected with the knitters of times past which is why I collect and use vintage knitting accessories and some patterns. I hope you enjoyed this bit of knitting history.