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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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Winter Woollies to Make
Knitting is far from a lost art, with many taking up this craft as a new challenge. Apart from being quite a relaxing past time (until you drop a stitch), it is also practical. All sorts of garments can be made, starting with a basic scarf. Men can also knit. There is a recent news report of Australia's oldest man, at 109, who was commissioned by the retirement home to knit for the penguins. See article and info here.

Knitting yarns
Knitting yarns


History SA & Artlab Australia is presenting a series of workshops on the art of 'Knitting through the War'. Many knitters were commissioned for the First World War to knit socks and hats for the war effort. Some of them even received letters of written thanks for their knitting.

Miss Coll knitting socks directly from a sheep's fleece in Melbourne in WW1. They were then shipped overseas to Australian troops.
Miss Coll knitting socks directly from a sheep's fleece in Melbourne in WW1. They were then shipped overseas to Australian troops.


The upcoming workshops will combine a 'How to Knit' session with a history lesson on knitting during war time. If you have ever wanted to learn to knit practical woollies, just like they made for the troops during the wars, these are the sessions for you.

Learn to knit
Learn to knit


Not only will you learn to knit but find out some fascinating history of the First World War. There are a series of practical and theory workshops exploring the history of knitting through war and peace time, with stories from the South Australian home front during the First World War.

SOS - Send out socks
SOS - Send out socks


25 April - Knitting Yarns, introduction to knitting, knitting scarves or mufflers.

9 May - Home front history, balaclavas, knitting hats, this session will be held at the Torrens Parade Ground, a short walk from the Migration Museum.

16 May - Cheer-Up Hut, various activities, this session will have a broader focus and include hands-on activities suitable for the younger audience, as well as the young at heart.

30 May - History of children's contributions in South Australia, sock workshop part 1.

13 June - Knitting in peace time history with a focus on the impact of war, sock workshop part 2.

20 June - The history of Violet Day, crochet class
Knitting & crochet instruction by Lianne Gould, master knitter.
Workshop talks by: Kristin Philips, Senior Textile Conservator, Artlab SA; Pauline Cockrill, Community History Officer, History SA; Catherine Manning, Curator, History SA.

Session Times
All sessions are free, but some materials are required. Bookings are essential. The sessions are held at the Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5008. With the exception of one of the sessions. Full information on booking.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, 9 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, 30 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, 20 June 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

For more information and to book for any of the workshops contact Catherine Manning cmanning@history.sa.gov.au or Pauline Cockrill pcockrill@history.sa.gov.au, ph: 8203 9888
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Why? Learn to Knit
When: Session Times Saturday, 25 April 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Saturday, 9 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Saturday, 30 May 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Saturday, 20 June 2015 - 1:30
Phone: 8203 9888
Where: Migration Museum 82 Kintore Avenue Adelaide, SA 5008
Cost: Free
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