A good yarn

aran sweater WRB

The Women’s Room blog occasionally has guest bloggers.

Recently I’ve been enjoying the writings of Selvedge editor Polly Leonard about knitted traditions. She argues that textile, as well as food, traditions should be given a designated origin status and draws out the thought behind different “folk” schools.


Did you know that Guernsey jumpers were intended to help identify the bodies of dead fisherman washed ashore, or that the stitches in Aran jumpers are akin to runes wishing health and family on the wearer? Read more here:




All images above are from the relevant TWRB blog posts.

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