So, I was reading knitlist and came across a post about this book: The Old Hand Knitters Of The Dales by Marie Hartley & Joan Ingilby and had to google it and found this website where goodness, they talk about how in the olden days, folks knitted for income and sat in the dark to save candle wax and yep, you guessed it, sang songs about knitting in the same style as sea shanties.
As you may know, when our SnB were meeting at Coffee for Thought, the sea shanties folks were also there the same night -- uhh, they were sometimes okay, but sometimes off-key, and a little annoying. All I can say is shh, don't tell the sea shanties folks that there are yarn songs too or they may decide to hunt us down and serenade us (again).
Here's an excerpt from the site:
'.....while far into the night
The housewife plied her own peculiar work,
Making the cottage through the silent hours
Murmur as with the sound of summer flies.'
But the other thing I found on the site is this.
knit Elvis wig
Ya know, I may just have to make it...or not. But how funny is that?!