Learn to Knit or Crochet
Eleanor Roosevelt liked to keep busy and she was constantly on the go – attending meetings, advocating for causes, or writing articles, essays, and books about issues that were important to her. Throughout these activities she kept her knitting bag close at hand to make items like hats, sweaters, or baby clothes she would give to friends and family as heartfelt, homespun gifts on special occasions or at the holidays.
Why not learn to knit or crochet?
You can learn to knit or crochet by asking someone who knows how to teach you, or teach yourself by watching an online tutorial.
- What will you make? A hat? Gloves? A scarf? A sweater? Start off small and work your way up.
- Will the things you create be for you or given away as a gift?
- What patterns, colors and styles will you use?
- Is there a group or club in your community that gets together to knit or crochet that you could join?
Share With Us:
Post a photo of something you knit or crocheted with the hashtag #fdrsummer (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) so we can celebrate your achievements with you.
Eleanor Roosevelt was taught to knit at the age of six by her nanny. For practice, young Eleanor was given the task of darning the heels of socks. If her work did not meet the standard of her nanny, the stitches were ripped out and she was instructed to try again.
Where was knitting first thought to have originated?
- Knittington, England
- West Africa
- The Middle East
- Barcelona, Spain