On Thursday at the monthly meeting of Huddersfield’s Knitting and Crochet Guild group, Barbara Smith gave a wonderful presentation of picture knnits and picture knitting patterns from the KCG archives. Barbara is a very knowledgeable knitting historian, so the evening wasn’t just an opportunity to admire the products of the knitters of yesteryear, but also included a lot of very interesting explanation about their social history.
I recorded Barbara’s presentation, and have embedded it to the right of this post. To view it in full screen mode via YouTube, click or tap the YouTube logo to the right of the video. I also broadcast the presentation live via Periscope, where viewers can comment and ask questions on screen during a broadcast. To be informed of my future broadcasts (I’m doing regular broadcasts with knitting content), you need to follow me on Periscope (@AnnKingstone). Barbara has also blogged about the presentation, with some pictures of the jumoers and some of the background information anout them.
One of the jumpers we looked at has since been identified as a Kaffe Fassett design, which was available from Rowan as a kit. It is a beautiful picture of a bowl of flowers, mostly in monotone, but with some bands of colour that really lift it. This design has me it itching to design something in a similar style (monotone stranded colourwork, with bands of colour), but with set-in sleeves and some shaping in the body.
As you’ll see from the video, Huddersfield KCG group are a lively bunch! I love being a part of this group, having lots of fun with fellow knitters. We’ve been meeting for a couple of years now, and have developed some very strong friendships. Currently a bunch of us are sharing the Opal Adventskalender we bought together during our weekend at the Blackpool Knitting Hotel. I’ve been posting a report with pictures of the daily treasure via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so if you follow me in any of those places, you’ll have seen what fun we’re having with it.