200 years of Handknitting is the title on the cover of the 1975 Hand Knitting Yarn Diploma course.
The History of Handknitting is filled with folklore and fact from all over the world
Patons The mill in England where Beehive was made was a one stop manufacturer, business guide and publisher with a huge educational purpose. This is fascinating to read from the archives especially as this was written just after Great Britain joined the EU. It touches on Geography, Religion and Guilds. How Knitting arrived in England in the fourteenth century and that as a craft is was male only before being a hobby of Elizabeth I ‘s courtiers.
The mill organised a two day workshop, tour and entertainment. It was aimed at retailers and management who would be promoting their products.
On the first Day of the course the 50 delegates were enlightened as to the ‘rumblings of the industrial era’ Great Britain had just joined the EU and went into some depths to share the the many traditions and styles of regional knitters from the Northern Isles, Dales, France, Belgium and Basque country.
Knitting Sittings anyone? The story telling and musical evening in neighbours homes which were described in the manual as …
… they knitted with unrelenting speed, sitting rocking to and fro like weird wizards knitting by the light of the peat fire
To the rhythmic knitting sessions of the fisherman’s loved ones who knitted their ganseys and bridal shirts while the tides were out. A full day of history culminated with discussing how hand knitting evolved into an industry geared to a past time.
Day two : Getting tuck into the technical detail. How the wool is made and what it’s made of, Design selection, Quality control, which fibre to use and why and After care – with the new Eu washing symbols next to the existing ones to avoid doubt.
And just to round out the day before drinks in the bar a session on timelines for their supply chain, how to effectively promote the products and a guide to laws for all retailers.
And lastly leaving an enduring thought for the delegates
People are buying a dream – Use your knowledge of what, why, who,
when, where of the trade to help you become a more efficient sales person