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Drowning and Identity

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The links between drowning/identity and ganseys are one aspect of folklore which most people have heard of and find fascinating, even romantic, for example Alex Buxton writes: ‘It was even possible for fishing families to recogniseContinue reading “Drowning and Identity”

Economic, Social and Traditional Aspects of Gansey Knitting

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The fact that ganseys emerged during the industrial revolution at a time of high romanticism means that they have much folklore and cuItural status attached to them. Local Traditions The herring or fisher lassies took theirContinue reading “Economic, Social and Traditional Aspects of Gansey Knitting”

Significance and Symbolism of Gansey Patterning

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The fact that ganseys emerged during the industrial revolution at a time of high romanticism means that they have much folklore and cuItural status attached to them. This has been broadly written about, but not alwaysContinue reading “Significance and Symbolism of Gansey Patterning”

Construction and Visual Appearance of a Gansey

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). To knit a gansey can be seen as the pinnacle of the hand knitters’ craft, for it encompasses the making of fabric and garment in one operation, seamlessly. Alice Starmore captures some of the spirit ofContinue reading “Construction and Visual Appearance of a Gansey”

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