Monday

Jim Simpson - The Toughest Knitter Alive


Betsy Greer over at Craftivism has a great article on Jim Simpson, an Australian POW who spent 19 months in a German prison camp during WWII. Jim spent some of his time knitting this incredible rug out of worn out, deloused jumpers and Red Cross wool, using straightened pot handles as knitting needles. It's an amazing story that culminates in what is known as "Australia's most valuable war artifact". Click over to read the rest.

5 comments:

  1. That is beyond incredible. If this won't get my boyfriend knitting, I don't know what will. Thank you for sharing, Paul!

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  2. I had to share you with my spinning guild. This IS one tough and remarkable guy.

    Thanks for finding this!

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  3. Suzanne - Thanks. I was very happy to find this story too!

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  4. This reminds me of one of the Orsini brothers in Altamont, NY who made a US flag from a window shade. His buddies would stand guard in the POW camp and warn him when the guards were coming so he could hide the flag. It now hangs in a little restaurant in Altamont called The Home Front Cafe. Well worth seeking out.

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