Friday, 27 April 2012

Fridays Fine Knitting.

A gansey is the name given to the traditional hand-knitted pullover worn by fishermen fishing for herring off the costs of Britain, particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The garments are supremely practical for the purpose – more flexible than a jacket, but robust enough to keep out wind and light spray; knitted by the womenfolk, often elaborately patterned, it is easy to imagine why these jerseys became so popular throughout the industry.



Knitted on the finest needles.  No way I would attempt this!



Ethel, featured on Landward, 7p.m. on BBC 2 in Scotland, knitting a Gansey.  Her first was knitted after she married,  Ethel was a herring girl.





And some old herring girls with their knitting.




Ethel is now passing on her skills to the primary school children in Fraserburgh schools.








4 comments:

Making It Vintage said...

Interesting bit of knitting history there Jill............such beautiful intricate patterns, I'm sure I wouldn't have the patience to attempt a gansey either. x

Christine Laennec said...

Good for Ethel to be passing on the old skills. Isn't there a Gansey Project going on up your way?

Susan T said...

I could do with one of those at the moment, it is b cold here and due to get colder and wetter,ugh.

Jill Chandler said...

Yes Christine, its a Moray Firth project. Ethel lives in Pitullie and is involved, Pitullie is just about on the Moray Firth, left of Fraserburgh.