Friday, May 26, 2006

How a Knitter helped win the Revolutionary War

Something I ran across while feeding my son's fascination with George Washington....

During the time of the Revolutionary War, a network of Patriot spies included a woman known as "Old Mom" Rinker. As the story goes, she would often sit knitting while drying flax (now there's something you don't hear about much anymore!) on a cliff near Philadelphia. When she had messages to pass on, she would insert them into the ball of yarn and oops! drop it over the cliff, where it was quietly retrieved by other Patriot spies who kept an eye on that cliff for just that purpose.

Knitting, it's not just for socks and sweaters anymore!

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