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.
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!