Why I needed the knitting needles in Iraq

@Jackalyn (7391)
Oxford, England
July 21, 2017 7:03am CST
Yesterday I wrote about my unfortunate experience buying knitting needles and someone wanted to know why I was trying to buy knitting needles in Iraq. The reason lies in my love of spinning wool. I used to carry an old fashioned wooden spindle with me when I went anywhere and a bit of wool. We were living in a village called Keshkuul near the Iranian border and made freinds with a family. Somehow the subject of spinning wool came up and I was asked by one of the boys in the household if I would knit him a scarf. The wool was unfortunately very harsh and the resulting scarf more like a piece of armour than a thing to wear every day, but that was why I needed to find knitting needles. They were not for sale in the village. The villagers had very little in the one village shop and had even given up going to the Mosque. They had no electricity as the government said the villagers were lazy so there was one TV ariel sticking out of the only house that had a generator. This, like all the other houses was a mud brick one.. I was on an archaelogical rescue dig and the village was submerged under water in a few years.
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• United States
30 Jul 17
I'm a big knitter, have been knitting since the third grade. I understand the need for finding needles, no matter where you are!
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@Jackalyn (7391)
• Oxford, England
31 Jul 17
I used to knit a lot. I think I will start again.
@Corbin5 (123254)
• United States
21 Jul 17
Quite an experience you had in Iraq!
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@Jackalyn (7391)
• Oxford, England
21 Jul 17
It really was. I am so glad I got to do that trip.
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@BelleStarr (40260)
• United States
21 Jul 17
Wow that sounds exciting and terrifying at the same time. How many years ago was this?
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@Jackalyn (7391)
• Oxford, England
21 Jul 17
I think, 1979-80. The sad thing is I have so many photos of places that are now destroyed.
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@velvet53 (17721)
• Palisade, Colorado
21 Jul 17
I bet you learned a lot while you were there. It is sad when you hear stories such as yours.
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@just4him (132803)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jul 17
It sounds like an interesting visit to Iraq.
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@MALUSE (46051)
• Uzbekistan
21 Jul 17
Thank you. Now the riddle is solved. Your stay in Iraq and your job there must be fodder for many interesting posts!
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@dollaboy (6152)
21 Jul 17
Thanks for explaining Happy Lady
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@Tracy04 (10815)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 17
It was suspense story I read here.