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April 15, 2007

Note to Marine Corps: Knitting Ain't Old-Fashioned!

My parents visited us last weekend, and we took advantage of the crummy weather to spend the day at the new National Museum of the Marine Corps. We had a great time exploring it -- even the building itself is remarkable -- and will definitely have to go back... we wore ourselves out going through the exhibits, and only got up to 1945! (For those who saw the words "Marine Corps" and immediately lapsed into military time, I meant the year 1945, not the hour .)

Near the beginning of the World War II section, there is a mock-up of a 1940s-style living room. On the radio, President Roosevelt is giving his "day that will living in infamy" speech to Congress as images of Pearl Harbor flashed on a video screen nearby.

What's that in her lap?

My favorite touch on this scene was the fact the young girl had yarn and needles in her lap. I chose to overlook the fact that they probably placed them there in an effort to make the scene look "old-timey" when I noticed that there was actual knitting on those needles! Imagine how much fun a knitter had making that little swatch for the exhibit!


Posted by shannon at April 15, 2007 12:26 AM | For related posts:


That's a cool mockup living room -- doesn't designing exhibits like that seem like a really cool job? Especially if you get to incorporate knitting. :)

Posted by: Sarah at April 15, 2007 12:03 PM

That's really cool how they made it look so period. I hope whoever swatched it used some acrylic and didn't let good yarn go to waste!

Posted by: Virginia at April 16, 2007 1:05 PM

I was thinking about how cool that would be to design, and then I realized that I may be doing that next year! My PhD supervisor has a contract with a museum near the Grand Canyon. I wonder how I can work knitting into Grand Canyon factoids?

Posted by: Eve at April 27, 2007 1:29 PM