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May 22, 2012 14:06:01   #
If the Girl Scouts are organized in other countries like they are in the United States, they have age appropriate activities. Girl Scouts have levels - Brownies, Cadettes, Juniors and Seniors. 1st grade (6 years) to high school (18). It has been a long time since I was a Girl Scout but I was in from a Brownie to a Senior. I stopped being involved during my final year in high school as I had a part time job by then and was involved in the school productions too. I am sure when my mother taught me to knit, it was because she wanted to and likely also for a merit badge as a Junior.

HandyFamily wrote:
Carol J. wrote:
There were separate girl and boy scouts because their projects were geared for boys to do manly things and girls to do womanly things. Girls didn't chop down trees or build boats and boys didn't learn to take care of babies and sew.
Carol J.

But, Carol, there are still separate boy scout groups and girl scout groups?
And the children are like 5 - 10 years old?
I wouldn't let a 6 - 7 year old hold an ax and definitely would not put a needle in a 5 year old hand... I just wander why are they now separate? Or do the movies just mislead and feed false information on this one?
Like... there is something called girl scout squirrel cookies? (and are there any squirrels inside the box?..) - but are there boy cookies and mixed gender too?
I'm just puzzled, that's all...
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May 22, 2012 14:06:52   #
As a female leader in the Boy Scouts of America, there are many reasons for keeping the two groups seperate. Boys and girls learn at different paces and they enjoy different activities.(None of the boys that I have worked with over an 18 year period have been interested in painting their toe nails.) The programs are suited to the interests of each gender. Yes some girls and some boys like to camp, make fires, etc but most boys are not interested in the girly things like make up and hair and most girls are not into bugs, knots and sleeping under the stars. There are also a lot of youth protection issues that can be problems with mixed gender groups(like how does a girl pee in private on the trail with no outhouse in sight with an audience of 15 boys? Sleeping, changing and other femine issues are not things all male leaders want to deal with. At age 14, both genders can join a verture crew that has a specific theme such as emt, police, fire, snow sports, video gaming etc. I am currently working on crocheting amigurumi rectangle dolls that look like each member of the troop in BSA uniforms. They will be given to each boy on the last night of camp.
May 22, 2012 15:19:43   #
pattibe wrote:
Saki sends his best meow to your kitty. He thinks they may be related since they both live in Sunny Calif. But have ancestors from Siam.

Possibly as Chai came from a breeder in Sunland. I like Saki's name. Does he help you knit?
May 22, 2012 16:28:30   #
pattibe (a regular here)
CharleenR wrote:
pattibe wrote:
Saki sends his best meow to your kitty. He thinks they may be related since they both live in Sunny Calif. But have ancestors from Siam.

Possibly as Chai came from a breeder in Sunland. I like Saki's name. Does he help you knit?

Saki was actually an orphan at 4 weeks so his lineage is sketchy. However, his sister, Bailey, is a purebred Snowshoe and her picture has been in the Page A Day Cat Calendar twice. Once in 2009 and again in 2011. She loves nothing nothing better than to help me wind a ball of yarn. She makes it a bit of a challenge, not to mention wet. Talk about instant felting!!!
May 22, 2012 17:46:15   #
MarilynKnits (a regular here)
In the 1940's my mother worked for the NY State Insurance Fund, and they encouraged employees to knit for the British forces before the US got involved. Mother brought home some Navy wool and a pair of needles and taught me to knit scarves. I think Macy's sold them the yarn at cost when they knit for the war effort, and may have taken the finished items to ship, or maybe it was the Red Cross. I was only in grade 3 o4 4 at the time and really don't remember, just that I felt so grown up "Knittin' for Britain".
May 22, 2012 18:19:03   #
I learnt to knit at school. We made socks, mitts and hats for the Merchant Navy. I am now 77. Does anyone remember the farthing fund? I loved the farthings with the wren on.
May 22, 2012 18:53:38   #
I inherited a lot of items from my M-I-l stash, included were several WIP's, one of which were many squares for putting together for blankets for homeless persons. I'd still like to carry on her tradition with my stash yarns, and if it's a carry over from WWI or WWII that's all the better!
Not everyone was a Rosie...or at least there were many forms of Rosie's that did their part, eh?!
I never learned to knit in Girl Scouts (in the 70's), my mother also never taught me and she is truly gifted in this department!
May 22, 2012 19:13:05   #
I remember my mother telling me that she used to knit socks for my uncle when he was in the army. There was 10 years difference between them, so she was 12 when he enlisted. She never knitted after the war, though, preferring crochet because she said it was easier for her to follow the patterns.

Personally, I learned in Girl Scouts when a friend needed to teach someone a craft to earn part of her needlework badge. She was taught by her grandmother who was from Norway, so I knit a bit different than people I knit with. It's a different way to put the needle in. YEARS later, by coincidence, we joined a new church and I met Lucille who asked if I went to school with her granddaughter Susan. I told her she taught me to knit, and Lucille got a big smile. "OH' she said, "I taught Susan. That makes you my knitting grandchild".

Warm memories happen when we bring up knitting.
May 22, 2012 19:34:03   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
I started learning to knit at 5, when I was 8 I continued learning in 4-H. I have knit many 'helmet hats' to send to our troops. My Dad a WWII vet was always very proud.
May 22, 2012 20:26:27   #
what lovely stories i have enjoyed them very much....thank you for sharing :)
May 22, 2012 21:11:10   #
Mary Ellen Silver
In my one room country school we all learned to knit by knitting 6 inch squares for afghans for the Red Cross. Some of the ladies of the ruralcommunity who knew how to knit, would come help us an hour or so before time to go home. Soon we were helping each other while the same ladies sewed the squares together. Our squares were red and blue with a 6 inch black border all around. We made more than one afghan as it became more of a whole community project, but I don't remember just how many we made. Some of those ladies were knitting sox from the pattern mentioned here probably. I thought it was so fascinating to see how they turned the heels and 'someday I would learn how to do that.' Well, learn I did and I have hardly ever been without at least one project on needles ever since. In the last 10 years I have knit many sox using these wonderful, washable yarns. I'm still fascinated by turning the heels!
May 22, 2012 21:43:55   #

DK: orig. 2 @ a x socks?
May 22, 2012 22:31:39   #
Hi girls,
(or should I say Hi Knitters as there may be a few male knitters lurking in the shadows!?)
Very interesting history of sock knitting for the troops.
Here in Australia and New Zealand our women were knitting socks, balaklavas, etc from 1914 - 1918 as the ANZACs were involved in the war in Europe from the Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli and then moved on after that conflict to fight in Europe.
Again during WW2 our mother's and female relatives also took up their knitting for socks etc for our troops fighting in Europe.
I recall helping my mother sew up hessian coverings over bags of sugar and candles which she sent to relatives in Britain because of the shortages due to the war and the depression years which followed.
Right up until the late 1960s Mum would bake two Christmas Cakes well before Christmas and one of these was carefully wrapped and then a padded hessian covering stitched over it and it would be sent off to Mum's uncle and his extended family because they were still having food rationing well into the 1950s.
Ainslie - a transplanted Kiwi in OZ!
May 22, 2012 22:51:17   #
hannabavaria wrote:

DK: orig. 2 @ a x socks?

Very interesting article.
May 22, 2012 23:27:18   #
Link to picture of London cabby knitting during war.
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