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14 July 2020 – Bastille Day

14 July 2020 – Bastille Day

I am very tired and this is a bit convoluted, so as briefly as possible:

  • It’s Bastille Day in France 
  • I’ve made croissants before and nearly broke a tooth on them, wasn’t going to make that mistake again
  • So thought I’d try French knitting, aka spool knitting, or corking, or tomboy knitting, reel, box or bung knitting
  • Didn’t have a loom
  • Had to make a loom
  • Out of a toilet roll and four lollypop sticks
  • French knitting looms have many other names like Knitting Nancys, knitting knobbys, and corkers
  • French knitting is very easy
  • And fiddly
  • And quick
  • Toilet rolls are a perfect palm size 
  • A Knitting Nancy is sometimes fancy. I think I had a doll one when I was little
  • French knitting was used as therapy for wounded soldiers in the First World War
  • It’s said French knitting was a traditional way of making medieval monks’ girdles
  • I made a tricolour i-cord instead
  • The cat is now playing with it

Here’s some pictures:

And here’s my favourite bit in Casablanca where they sing La Marseillaise:

No, you have something in your eye.


Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

2 comments on “14 July 2020 – Bastille Day”

  1. Susannah says:

    I want to do that! Looks like a bit of simple creative fun

    1. I’ll teach you it! It’s so easy!

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