Incomplete, but better than nothing…
Oh, skeindalous, yes, I’ve seen Kate Davies’ latest teaser about her Haps Book. So exciting! As she says there, she put out an appeal a couple of months ago, for anyone who had knit that pattern: the Patons shawl from the 50’s, attributed to a Mrs Hunter of Unst. I answered, among many others, and I think I will be mentioned in the book!
It’s the shawl I knit for Rachel, at that point unborn, in the early weeks of 1958. As KD says in the blog entry linked to above, it is knit in six separate parts and sewn together. And I did it that way, not knowing any better. And now KD has found the prototype in the collection of the Knitting and Crochet Guild – the very shawl that James Norbury carried away from Unst; presumably the one photographed for the pattern leaflet.
And we must contain our impatience until the book is published, for she is going to tell us how it was actually knit (not in six pieces) – and who Mrs Hunter of Unst was.
It will be interesting, once both are published, to compare KD’s book to the Vintage Shetland Project, not for the patterns but for the research into the history of Shetland knitting.