Happy President’s Day

Today we honor all United States Presidents. I was curious about the presidents of the past who may have either knit or crochet.

FDR may have been the only U.S. president to have been photographed knitting, although it is believed to be a joke.

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More than a few of our First Ladies practiced the craft.

  • Martha Washington (1731-1802) helped with a drive to sell knitted socks to raise money for the troops.
  • First Lady Edith Roosevelt (1861-1948), an avid knitter, regularly invited friends to the White House for knitting and socializing.
  • First lady Grace Coolidge (1879-1957) was a highly skilled knitter.
  • First Lady Lou Hoover (1874-1944), was also generous with her knitted pieces.
  • The most famous White House knitter was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962).

So no knitters among the presidents, however President James Buchanan (1791-1868) was the only male who enjoyed crochet. Edith Galt Wilson, considered the “first US woman president” for virtually running the nation for over six months when her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a severe stroke, enjoyed crochet. 

I think more presidents & people in public office in general should take up knitting or crochet. Aside from the proven emotional benefits, it improves patience, problem-solving skills and our ability to multitask. Win, Win!

#presidentsday #knitting #crochet

 

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