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Fishermen’s Ganseys and Sustainability

For this week’s blog, Chelsea Marina West reflects on the gansey tradition through the lens of sustainability. Inspiration for this blog is drawn from Chelsea’s MSc these: The Needles have Dropped An Investigation of Fishermen’s Ganseys and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom (2021). As we enter the last remaining weeks of the KnittingContinue reading “Fishermen’s Ganseys and Sustainability”

The Curious Case of Documenting Gansey Patterns

For this week’s blog, we look at some historical challenges that might affect our ability to document gansey patterns and knitting traditions in the present day. Introduction In 1955, Gladys Thompson published Patterns for Guernsey, Jerseys & Arans, bringing these patterns to pen and paper for use outside of knitting communities for the first time.Continue reading “The Curious Case of Documenting Gansey Patterns”

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gansey Knitting

For this week’s blog, Chelsea Marina West examines ganseys as example of intangible cultural heritage. This is another extract from her MSc thesis: The Needles have Dropped: An Investigation of Fishermen’s Ganseys and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom (2021). Gansey knitting has been added to the Red List of Endangered Crafts by the Heritage CraftsContinue reading “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Gansey Knitting”

Tools of the Trade: Wiskas

For this week’s blog, we look at a lesser-known knitting tool, the wiska, which was widely used by fisherfolk to aid knitting speed and stitch consistency by easing the weight of the knit. Introduction A previous blog post by Carolyn Cluness highlighted the demanding role of fisherlasses in the fishing industry. Knitting became an importantContinue reading “Tools of the Trade: Wiskas”


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