Worth Your Salt

There’s plenty of evidence showing men dominated the fiber arts trade throughout most of history. It’s only within the last century that it’s become “woman’s work” – which is just plain silly. All knitting or crocheting consists of is making a bunch of little knots. And what’s the first thing a Boy Scout must learn? Knots!

And no sailor is worth his salt if he doesn’t know his knots. Famed author Richard Henry Dana, Jr. says so: “No man will pass for an able seaman in a square-rigged vessel, who cannot make a long and short splice in a large rope, fit a block-strap, pass seizings to lower rigging, and make the ordinary knots, in a fair, workmanlike manner.”

The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor by Darcy Lever Esq (1819) even gives instructions on “How to Make Spun Yarn for Worming, Serving, Seizing, Etc.”

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So there you have it. Irrefutable proof that knitting is a manly sport.

(This public service announcement brought to you by I’m Too Busy Knitting Up Charity Hats for Kids That I Don’t Have Anything Else to Blog About, Inc.)

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