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Survival Knitting

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by chelloveck, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    This thread was inspired by an associated thread: (Sewing (It's Not Gender Specific)) Sewing (It's Not Gender Specific) | Survival Monkey Forums

    This thread (Survival Knitting) is also not pitched at a gender specific audience. Although many more women knit than men, men have been an integral involvement in the history of the craft.

    In some dystopian future, when manufactured goods may not be so readily available, homespun hand knitted garments may become a commonplace once again.

    This thread is for both men and women to contribute ideas and links to resources for patterns, projects, and ideas for knitted objects and garments.

    Eight Acres: Knitting is a survival skill

    As a child, my first exposure to knitting was with what was known as "French Knitting" aka (spool knitting) using a modified cotton reel.(aka "Knitting Nancy") The technique was relatively easy to pick up.

    Real Men and Women Knit!

    Via:history Archives - Knit Potion



    Here is a coffee cup cozy project, to keep coffee warmer longer.....
    pattern and instructions in link below the pic.
    Via: Knit a Quick Coffee Cup Cozy in Bulky Yarn


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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I gave knitting a whirl and found it was not for me. I really would like to have the calm and patience to craft my own sweaters and such. Maybe when I am older I will have the ability to sit, relax and knit a pair of mittens. I will try to take it up again in a few years. Since I am not using the needles for knitting, I keep them in my car in case I need to poke someone.
  3. duane

    duane Monkey++

    My grand dad always knit gloves, socks, and hats with wool yarn that my grand mother spun from their sheep. Always said he had to, the cows complained about his rough hands and his arthritis froze up his hands in the winter if he didn't.

    You know that a baseball, glove and bat in your car as well as knitting needles, a partially finished sweater, and some yarn aren't to be used as weapons don't you?
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  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Mad Man Knitting......

    This is the man who attributes his survival from a very dark place to knitting.....As told in his autobiographical book...."Will Knit For Food"

    Via:My Books

    and some of his work.....

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  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  6. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I hate knitting, crocheting I'm ok but knitting ugh. I guess I'm gonna die!
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    When I was in the forest service I learned to kit. it was something to do during the evening with no TV.
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  10. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    A well hung monkey......

    Knitted breakfast anyone???

    Or you could get grandma to knit you some boobs

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  11. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

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  12. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I saw this article on knitting sweaters for your chickens. It seemed so silly. Why would anyone think chickens needs a sweater? It looks cute but makes me shake my head.
  13. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Think Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, or any given fashionista, moto. It's all about the art, not the practicality. Outlandish counts for something, and if it inspires warfighters to recovery or recreation, it's plenty good enough for me.
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  14. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I believe the chook sweaters featured in the image above are for rescued battery hens who are often featherless and may feel the British cooler climate more so than their more furry and feathered friends.
  15. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Keep 'em warm in a crock pot. Stews are good.
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  16. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    More like ingredients for pet food...I'd prefer growing my own meat birds for roasting and casseroles than relying on exhausted layers past their prime that have been fed a diet of hormones and commercial feed. The ladies may have a role as compost turners, garden weeders and pest controllers in a permaculture garden/orchard set up, with the occasional egg rewarding me for their continued existence. :)
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