Family Knitstories

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In our second post on the personal knitting stories of the ‘Fleece to Fashion’ project team, Lynn Abrams remembers a family knitting heritage of dolls’ clothes and much loved skirts that provided a basic appreciation of hand knitting for her future research. Knitting and knitwear has always been part of my life. As a child… Continue reading

Guiding Hands

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In our last post we pondered on the fate of textile crafts during this pandemic. In the next few posts we thought we would share with you some of our own Covid-projects. The Fleece to Fashion research team should have been in the archives in the Borders and in Shetland in the last few weeks… Continue reading

Textile Craft and Covid-19

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Much has been written about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on craft with many mainstream and social media outlets latching on to an apparent upsurge in making during lockdown. Knitting, sewing, quilting, and embroidery in particular have enjoyed a renaissance as those of us who are ‘staying at home’ find the practices of making… Continue reading

Fleece to Fashion: Researching the History of Knitted Textiles in Scotland

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Knitting is having (another) moment.  As we all have a little more time to devote to craft and doing something creative and industrious with our hands takes our mind off world events, knitting offers a welcome respite and distraction. So how timely that the Knitting in the Round team at the University of Glasgow recently commenced… Continue reading

University of Glasgow Wool

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At last, our very own wool has arrived. On Friday we officially launched our very own University of Glasgow knitting yarn. Cochno Wool is a single origin, double knit worsted yarn in 4 colours – natural, University blue, slate grey and thistle pink – produced from the Scotch Mule sheep at the University of Glasgow’s… Continue reading

Scottish Knitting Traditions and Sanquhar Pattern

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An interesting talk and workshop on Sat 6 October 2018: The Illustrated talk will give an insight into the knitting collection, the audio clips from Sanquhar knitters and the cultural history which forms the Ethnological study from the Vanishing Scotland Archive. The workshop participants will get the Scottish Traditional Knitting Pattern ‘Muffatees in Sanquhar Pattern’… Continue reading

A Georgian Knitting Odyssey

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Exploring the “Georgian-ness” in between knitting needles   by Qiaoyun Peng Graduate student. Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow Current research focuses on the knitting tradition and national identity of Estonia.   When I first arrived in Georgia, I had not expected to find a rich knitting tradition there. Arriving in Kutaisi at… Continue reading

Promote Shetland no more?

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Please consider signing this petition to change Shetland Islands councils Decision on not to renew Shetland Amenity Trust’s contract.   Shetland Amenity Trust, which has held the contract for the past eight years, has been informed that Shetland Islands Council will not be awarding the Promote Shetland contract to any outside body.   The Trust… Continue reading

Knitwear in Hawick, old and new

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The Knitting-in-the-Round team have been a little subdued since the final project workshop in Shetland last March but a day out in Hawick in the Scottish Borders has revived our enthusiasm for all things knit and prompted some thoughts about the connections between hand knitting and factory knitwear production. We visited two very different companies.… Continue reading