So who were the hand­knit­ters?

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Well, it was prac­ti­cally ev­ery­one – women, men and chil­dren. Dur­ing the ex­tremely stress­ful times for the peo­ple on the home front, knit­ting was a great way to re­lieve the anx­i­ety of wait­ing for a let­ter from your loved one. But at the be­gin­ning of the war, we weren’t very good at knit­ting, so the Red Cross would hire peo­ple to en­sure qual­ity con­trol, mak­ing sure that the toes on socks had been grafted prop­erly and knots re­moved. Can you imag­ine the blis­ters if this wasn’t done! Thank­fully, as the war went on, qual­ity im­proved through prac­tise. Chil­dren were taught to knit, ( I sus­pect many of our Let’s Talk read­ers learned at a very early age), and pris­on­ers in men­tal in­sti­tu­tions were taught too. And while wait­ing for their shat­tered bod­ies and bro­ken limbs to heal, wounded ser­vice­men in hos­pi­tals were taught to knit - the ther­a­peu­tic as­pects of this go without say­ing.

Bus driv­ers and Lon­don cab­bies knit­ted and even the Royal Fam­ily took up knit­ting. Queen El­iz­a­beth and her two daugh­ters, Princesses El­iz­a­beth and Mar­garet, knit­ted for their troops.

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