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”

A Brief History of Knitted Garments

The use of wool in garments can be hard to trace precisely as it predates written records and the material, on exposure to oxygen, is so beautifully biodegradable! We do know that for a period over the Middle Ages and into the pre-industrial era, the British Isles were considered to be a world-leading centre ofContinue reading “A Brief History of Knitted Garments”