Recently you emailed me a link to a video about the Vintage Shetland Project. It’s just 19 minutes long, and it had us both in tears. Tears of beauty? Is that a thing? Just watch it, above.
The Vintage Shetland Project Book and Video
The subject of the video is Susan Crawford’s recently released book, The Vintage Shetland Project. Susan worked on this epic book for years, painstakingly creating modern knitting patterns for Shetland knitwear from the first half of the twentieth century. She did this by examining archival garments inside and out, stitch by stitch, in effect reverse-engineering them. With the same care, she researched the stories of the makers and wearers of the garment. It’s social history through handmade clothing.
I’ve seen this wonderful book, and want to spend hours and hours with it. It’s fascinating, deep and moving. The photographs are perfection. It’s a tour de force that belongs on our shelves forever. It makes me proud to be a knitter and to “know” a person of Susan’s strength and talent, if only from following her on Instagram and reading her work.
Get your copy direct from Susan. We will be carrying this book in our Shop as soon as we can locate a schooner to float them over to us. And stay tuned for surprises ahead. We are so thrilled about this book.
An Interview with Susan Crawford on Fruity Knitting
In episode 48 of the phenomenal Fruity Knitting podcast, Andrea Doig interviews Susan at her farmhouse in Cumbria. It’s a must-see.
In the interview, Susan shows garments from the book, pointing out the many wonders achieved when they were created, without patterns, out of the minds of their knitters. With Susan’s expert, witty guidance, we see the quirks, work-arounds, and genius moments embedded in these garments, and we hear the stories of their makers.
Prepare for some exciting knitting, and an emotional experience. (Part 1 of the interview starts at 13:00; part 2 starts at 55:00.)
One More Thing
Also in this episode, the featured knitter from around the world is Karen Clerke of St. Louis, Missouri. Amazingly, we met Karen at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago just last weekend, before we had seen this episode of the Fruity Knitting podcast. Karen is an incredibly skilled and prolific knitter with a great story. At our MDK “knit and chat” lunch last Saturday, we were privileged to see Karen’s version of Janine Bajus’s spectacular Salmon Coming Home vest. (Karen’s segment of the video starts at 45:00.)
I can’t believe that right this minute you are in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Right now, you may be meeting Susan Crawford! Please give her a soggy hug from me.