Yes, we have matching hats. I regret nothing. Well, yesterday I started a new hat (both cables and lacework, get me) and it got me thinking about Victorian images of knitting...
|A Girl in Costume Knitting (1893) Ralph Hedley|
|Keifer! Okay, this one might be made up...|
|A Girl Knitting Giovanni Segantini|
|Girl Knitting (1874) William Harris Weatherhead|
|Interior, Woman Knitting (1880) Alfred Provis|
There are also images of not-so-poor women, needles in hands, wool in pretty colours.
|Sunbeam Gustav Wentzel|
|Portrait of my Mother (1902) Jean Pierre Laurens|
|Artist's Mother Knitting in a Flat in Paris Albert Ranny Chewett|
|Family Group (1919) Robert Sivell|
|The Purple Stocking J J Shannon|
|The Knitting Lesson Pierre Jacques Dierckx|
|Gentle Persuasion Edward Portielje|
|The Dreamer (1887) Anna Louisa Swynnerton|
|Hortus Inclusus (1898) Joseph Southall|
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