Every year this modest but realistic event gathers Ganseys old & new from around the coastline of England & Scotland & presents them in a uniquely inspiring, hands-on display.
There’s a lot of social history here; womens’ working lives were phenomenally arduous. They were frequently illiterate & didn’t have time to panic. Instead they committed motifs to memory & adapted them to fit.
There’s a dearth of patterns & interpretation boards; instead, visitors are encouraged to take the time to have a proper look at the collection & see how patterns evolved & adapted to suit the whims of the knitter & the size of each wearer.
Working without a pattern sounds daunting at first but it’s a worthwhile challenge – & getting in touch with your inner ‘Nous’ can be very liberating!