Today I have a slightly different type of book to review — I guess you could call it a history book:
Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader, published by the University of Chicago Press. On Amazon.com right now it is the number one book under History / Military / Uniforms.
So yeah, history!
It is basically the history of “knitted comforts” for soldiers and covers three centuries, up to modern times and the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When you think of “knitting for the troops” the first thing that springs to mind is (at least for me) socks, followed by hats/balaclavas and scarves. This book covers all sorts of knitted items that have been produced over the years by different nations involved in wars and skirmishes over the years.
The book is filled with a lot of great photos and facsimiles of old posters, leaflets, patterns, and other items. Here is a great photo of World War I soldiers knitting in hospital:
The book also contains patterns to knit facsimiles of some of these knitted comforts. and some contemporary photos of the items in use. I love this dapper fellow decked out in his Crimean War regalia:
And there are lots and lots of interesting odds and ends — facsimiles of old patterns and even songs about wartime knitting!
It’s a fascinating read. Who’d like to read it next?
To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of Knitskrieg: A Call to Yarns!: A History of Military Knitting from the 1800s to the Present Day by Joyce Meader,, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 23, 2016. I’ll once again prevail upon Loki’s good will to draw a winner.
He’s resting up.