Elizabeth Zimmermann, 1910-1999
Elizabeth Zimmermann, the doyenne of knitters, has been quoted as saying that one should knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises.
Well, here’s an account of how a 98 year old woman carried on doing her crochet while she awaited rescue after an earthquake in Italy last April. This is from the Guardian newspaper for April 8, 2009.
“The 98-year-old villager, (Maria D’Antuono) from Tempera, near L’Aquila, yesterday became one of the latest survivors to be dragged from the rubble left by Monday’s devastating earthquake in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. For 30 interminable hours, she lay below the ruins of her house, a few miles from the epicentre.
So what did she do to while away the time, not knowing whether she would live or die as rescue workers dug towards her? The answer, it seems, was “crochet”.
According to the Ansa news agency, D’Antuono was pulled from the rubble to cheers from the crowd and briefly answered questions from a reporter for Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset television network before she was taken to hospital. Asked how she had passed the time since her house had collapsed on her, she reportedly said she had been busy with her hook and wool.”