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The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done: Queen Victoria's Royal Example

Portrait of "Mrs. Ricks, The Queen’s Visitor," photographed in London. Courtesy: National Portrait Gallery, UK | Martha Ann Ricks was a slave in America until her father purchased her freedom and took the family to Liberia. She became famous for making a quilt for Queen Victoria of England. Martha felt secure because she had watched British ships patrolling the Liberian coastline to prevent slavers from stealing people and taking them to America. This led Martha to want to meet the Queen.

Martha Ann Ricks was a slave in America until her father purchased her freedom and took the family to Liberia. Martha Ann dreamed of meeting Queen Victoria and saved for 50 years to make the dream come true.

The first photograph ever taken of Queen Victoria, with her daughter the Princess Royal, 1844.

Earliest known photograph of queen Victoria, here with her eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal (Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa) (Vicky)

Shirley Temple knitting in her trailer on the set of Susannah of the Mounties, 1939

makinology: ' on the good ship lollipop ' … such a talent … little shirley temple knits … she recently celebrated her birthday (birthday: april …and passed away Feb.

Tulalip Indian woman knitting 1906, old lady, vintage, history, hands, fingers, crafting, female beauty,  focus, concentration, photo b/w

Slide 2 - knitting Tulalip woman named Magdeline Whea-kadim knitting, Tulalip Indian Reservation, Washington, 1906

knitting for boys in France in 1917 by spiden001, via Flickr

Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average.

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