Sox for our troops

do your bit

During the course of the war more than 6,000 Seattle- are knitters as well as knitters from other part of the state produced hundreds of thousands of knitted items for the war effort.
Their immediate need for one and a half million each of knitted wristlets, mufflers,sweaters, and pairs of socks.
For American soldiers in the trenches or on the march in France,warm socks made all the difference.
In Washington state, as elsewhere in the county,knitters worked both at homes and in social groups.
Any church, any women's group, any auxiliary, any school, any neighborhood and m,any workplace spent 1917-1918 together knitting for the Red Cross war relief effort.
Non-knitters were urged to purchase yarn for those who knit.
The Junior Red Cross, launched in September 1917, was open to all American school children and was organized through the schools.
In Seattle many children learned to knit through Red Cross programs, most commonly starting with simple knitting washcloths.
These washcloths were sent to American soldiers and to the citizens of war-torn countries.
At the University of Washington in Seattle, a war work room was established in room 205 of the Home Economics Hall.

Bibliography 02/17/16

Information sheet, WW1 sox flyers
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