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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 1, Episode 11: Knit One, Spy Two
S01E11: Wartime Crafting: Girl Guide Spies and Knitting in Codes You’ve probably heard of the Girl Guides (and Girl Scouts), but did you know that they were properly badass in WWI and WWII? And, if knitting patterns have ever looked kind of like a secret code to you? Well, there might be a good reason for that!
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Girl Guide Spies
- Girl Guides Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Guides
- Girl Guides: Gender and Childhood on the Home Front: https://www.voicesofwarandpeace.org/portfolio/girl-guides/
- Opening the Vaults: How Girl Guides Contributed to War Efforts: https://girlguidescanblog.ca/2015/11/10/girl-guides-war-contributions/amp/
- Scotland’s War: Girl Guides and MI5: http://www.scotlandswar.co.uk/guides_and_mi5.html
- The Girl Guide Spies: https://www.hhhistory.com/2019/09/the-girl-guide-spies.html
- Defending the Realm: https://www.mi5.gov.uk/news/defending-the-realm
- Girl Guides Who Won The War: https://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/190435/The-Girl-Guides-who-won-the-war
- Girl Guides prepares young women for military service: https://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/girl-guides-prepares-young-women-for-service
- WWI and the Girl Scouts: https://georgiahistory.com/education-outreach/online-exhibits/featured-historical-figures/juliette-gordon-low/wwi-and-the-girl-scouts/
- Girls’ Volunteer Groups During World War I: https://www.womenshistory.org/resources/general/girls-volunteer-groups-during-world-war-i
Knitting in Codes
- The Knitting War Spies of History: Handwoven Magazine https://handwovenmagazine.com/knitting-war-spies-history/
- “Wartime Knitting Circle” Interactive Art Exhibit (2007) By artist Sabrina Gschwandtner https://www.sabrinag.com/wartime-knitting-circle#:~:text=Artwork%20by%20Sabrina%20Gschwandtner&text=%22Wartime%20Knitting%20Circle%2C%22%202007,people%20with%20differing%20political%20viewpoints.
- Rejected Princesses Blog https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/modern-worthies/phylis-latour-doyle
- How to add coding to your knitting: https://gannetdesigns.com/embedding-meaning-in-your-knitting-or-other-crafts/
- Free 1940’s War Time Knitting Patterns! https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/1940s-knitting-patterns
- Books: How the Girl Guides Won the War, by Janie Hampton: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8867176-how-the-girl-guides-won-the-war
Girl Scout of the USA motto is “Be Prepared”
The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) has officially included girls since February 2019.