Knitting to Soothe Irritable Nerves

15-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, February 13, 1911: I can’t find hardly anything new to write today. Besse was out this afternoon. Everything seemed to grow wrong with me this evening.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later: 

Maybe Grandma should have taken up knitting.  In 1911 the Ladies Home Journal recommended:

Why not try knitting or crocheting when you grow restless? Many girls find the monotony of a simple pattern very soothing to irritable nerves.

Ladies Home Journal, November 1911, p. 44

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