Although Mary Fab and MelKnitsInOly were close, Kellybunny is our winner this week! According to my research, which included both internet-y searches AND delving in to the inimitable Richard Rutt's A History of Hand Knitting, it wasn't until 1939 that I could have played around with knitting on circular knitting needles. According to Mr. Rutt, circular needles were first available in 1924. He discovered an advertisement in a pamphlet entitled Ladies' Field Jumpers Bk 1 to corroborate this date. (A History of Handknitting, p227).
I also discovered, via Wikipedia, that the first US patent for a circular needle was issued in 1918, and the article intimates that they may have been in use in England slightly prior to that, which again means that in 1939, I would have been pretty safe in my circular exploration.
So, Kellybunny, come on down! You are our weekly Trivia winner, and will be getting an email from me soon with your Smartypants Badge!
Thanks again to everyone who took part, and we'll see you next Tuesday, for another edition of Trivia Tuesdays!
My current STR magic loop socks-in-progress. STR LW in Pitter Pat.
We can hear the newly-cast-on RSC May projects, and it's music to our ears. Can't wait to see them floating around the webosphere!
Because you're members of this club, we're taking for granted that you're old hands (ha!) at circular knitting. There are so many different ways to knit circularly, and none are incorrect. I am a circular-needle gal, through and through. Never quite got comfortable with DPNs, no matter how hard I tried. I remember when I first used two circular needles to make a pair of socks. It was like a lightbulb went off in my knitting brain, and I could almost hear the "click" of knitterly love. I am now a magic-looper, and I couldn't be happier with my circular style.
For this week's Trivia Tuesday, we're asking in what year would I have been able to experiment with circulars (i.e., which of the years listed below fall AFTER the first documented availability of circular needles)? Four of the answers would have left me struggling with DPNs, but only one of the years listed would have allowed me to embrace my circular nature.
As always, the first to answer correctly wins bragging rights AND a Smartypants Badge. Good luck, knitters! And remember, there is no wrong way to knit socks. The only wrong is NOT knitting socks :)