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May 31, 2011

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sf reader

I am in shock. I never expected the knitting part of my life to intersect with the blood & treasure reading part. Wow. But this certainly does it!

ajay

And not for the first time: I'm sure I've mentioned the story of Fraulein Piffl on this site before...

Jakob

ajay: is that the Dread Secrets of Viking Knitting story?

sf reader

Doesn't seem to be a search function. ajay - miss piffl story please!

Barry Freed

sf reader, I couldn’t wait myself and a site search using google turns up nothing about a Piffl. However googling around a bit there’s the first half of this post which gives the background (And here’s the passage from Goudsmit’s book.) So there’s a Manhattan Project and Himmler SS tie-in not to mention the secrets of the Vikings, definitely B&T territory. I wouldn’t be surprised if ajay has more to add.

ajay

Strange, I was sure I'd mentioned that here; yes, it's the Sievers/Piffl letter on the Ahnenerbe-SS search for Authentic Aryan Knitting Patterns. I even remember a long discussion on Knitwear Fascism, the Woodland Folk etc, but Google isn't coming up with anything. Ah well.

Barry Freed

It's not a long discussion but using my google-fu (i.e. searching for "Knitwear Fascism" - can't be too many references to that, eh?) I found this comment"> of yours on CT.

sf reader

the tale of miss piffl puts those obsessed with the revival of "traditional" latvian mittens in a whole new light.

ajay

Barry: yes, I found that too, but I'm sure that a) the phrase wasn't originally mine b) there was more of a discussion around the topic than that and c) it happened here - where else?

ajay

the tale of miss piffl puts those obsessed with the revival of "traditional" latvian mittens in a whole new light.

If you want to know the future of the human race, imagine a cap comforter...

Barry Freed

I must have my Viking tea cozy!

ajay

It's an Osprey book waiting to happen. "Knitwear of the Wehrmacht, 1939-43".

ajay

In the light of previous threads, I should probably fend off the impending storm of aggressive criticism by admitting right now that I don't know how to knit.

Cian

Does that mean you used to be a Nazi, or should we expect further confessions?

ajay

Not between 1933 and 1945, and that's all they ask you about on the US visa form. (/Bill Hicks: "I'd have a lot of respect for a guy who joined the Nazi Party in 1946. At least you'd know he had the courage of his convictions. He wouldn't be just, you know, doing it to be popular.")

ajay

I have never been Bill Hicks either.

Phil

ObLoneGroover: "Let's just say I drink a lot of tea."

Phil

(I'd be very happy to explain that one, but I'd be even happier if someone else got it.)

Alex

ISTR they ask you if you were involved in persecutions conducted by Nazi Germany or its allies between those years, so no sneaking through the back door as a Bulgarian fascist.

Richard J

What if you were in the Finnish Army?

ejh

I sell plenty of knitting books, as it happens.

Cian

Stitch and Bitch knitting circles are huge these days. Crafts are very in these days.

Alex

Finland was an ally - having been an ally of both sides doesn't cancel out. Of course if you committed a war crime on behalf of Finland *against the Germans* I suspect they'd turn a blind eye.

CharlieMcMenamin

I presume Finnish knitting patterns display characteristics not seen elsewhere in Europe, except possibly Estonia and - at a push - the Basque country...

jamie

Basque knitting was crushed under the iron heel of Franco, surviving only in the clandestine exchange of patterns through fascist Navarre to comrades in Catalonia, and thence over the border to Perpignan for dissemination in Greater Occitan.

skidmarx

One of the kids in my block once wrote "Slipkot" on the garden wall, meaning to refer to the band, not the knitting website. Mostly this is an excuse to mention that he once wrote "Devastor Kru" on another wall.
By the Power of Numbskull!
He's got an indefinite sentence now, for taking a potshot at a rival gang member on Kingsland Road, not connecting as far as I know.

Barry Freed

ObLoneGroover: "Let's just say I drink a lot of tea."

OK, Phil, I'm stumped though I've had this nagging feeling that I've come across that line recently - I just can't seem to place it. (Unless it's a reference to the NME cartoon, in which case I haven't come across it recently.)

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