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The International Language of Knitting
Created By: Sarah Lart

Twenty years ago (in our late twenties) a friend and I travelled from England to China via the Trans Siberian Railway. It was 10 straight days on the train, across Europe, across the Steppe, across time zones, through mountains, deserts, farms, from London to Moscow to Beijing.

We tried to keep our bagage to a minimum, but of course we needed something for the long days on the train. We each took a knitting project. I tried to take one as complicated as possible so that it would take ages and not require me to carry too much wool. I forget what Annie took, but mine was a jumper for a friend. She was working for the British Antarctic Survey at the time and would be spending several weeks on one of their ships not long after we returned from our surface mail voyage across the world.

The front of the jumper was to have a picture of the ship she would be working on and the back had a whale spouting a rainbow. The sleeves were sea and sky with rainbow coloured sea creatures and birds.

This was one of my most ambitious projects at the time, (and since) and certainly kept me busy on those 10 days and beyond.

However, we were not the only knitters on the train. Most of the campartments in our carriage were taken by a party of Swedes travelling together but the ones that weren't housed a succession of Russian travellers. On about day 8 a middle aged woman in the next compartment came by to look at what we were doing. She beckoned us back to her place and we compared our knitting; patterns, styles, needles, yarn, direction of knitting (hers was right to left), position of thread around fingers, everything, all without a word of a common spoken language.

Later in China we saw women knitting while walking in the street with their wool tucked into a bag at the waist. On the trip I purchased further yarn and needles in China and still have the mittens I made myself with the Chinese charactures for Right and Left on them...

As well as That Jumper, on the train journey I made two little sock mice for two very small girls who with their mother shared our compartment for a couple of days. I had to hide on the top bunk as they somehow knew I was making something for them and when I finished them they were really pleased with their "Muishka". The international language of knitting served us very well on our adventure.

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