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Knitting was originally a job for the menfolk. Cristen and Caroline stitch together the mysterious history of the craft, how it transitioned to women's domestic work and how third-wave feminists reclaimed it.

Episode Sources:

"The History of Knitting Pt 1: Mysterious Origins"

"The History of Knitting Pt 2: Madonnas, Stockings and Guilds, Oh My!"

"Medieval Knitting"

"Knit Is a Feminist Issue"

"Men's Knitting: Is It the 'New Yoga'?"

"Bros and Rows: The Real History of Men Who Knit"

"Crafty Men Unwind with Knitting"

"'Vaginal Knitting' Is the New Thing in Activist Performance Art"

"When Street Art, Activism and Knitting Collide"

Academic Insights:

"Gender, Work and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain." Joyce Burnette. Cambridge University Press. 2008.

"Fabric of Gender: Working-class Culture in Third Republic France." Helen Chenut. Penn State Press. 2010.

"Gender and Class in Modern Europe." Laura Levine Frader and Sonya O. Rose. Cornell University Press. 1996.

"Feminism, Activism and Knitting: Are the Fibre Arts a Viable Mode for Feminist Political Action?" Beth Anne Pentney. Third Space: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture. 2008. Vol. 8, Iss. 1.

"'Join the Knitting Revolution': Third-wave Feminist Magazines and the Politics of Domesticity." Elizabeth Groeneveld. Canadian Review of American Studies. 2010. Vol. 40, No. 2.

"Activist Tendencies in Craft." Ele Carpenter. Goldsmiths. 2010.

Topics in this Podcast: history, women's work, crafts, Activism