Scottish knitting history explored in Glasgow event

Saltaire Festival celebrates woolwear

Today sees knitters from across Scotland gathering in Glasgow to learn more about the craft's esteemed and important history.

Reinventing Scotland's Woollen Traditions is taking place at the University of Glasgow on October 18th, with guest speakers including knitwear designer Kate Davies and Roxane Permar.

Much emphasis is being given to knitting in the Shetland Islands, with Carol Christiansen from Shetland Museum discussing construction methods in Fair Isle and Shetland plain handknits.

Lecturers and academics will also be offering their thoughts on the knitting industry and the value of craft and hand-making items.

The day is expected to attract knitting professionals, experts and enthusiastic amateurs to find out about the historic links between Glasgow and knitting, as well as its influences in tourism and fashion.

It will also look at the impact knitting's recent popularity is having on Scotland's creative industries through workshops, lectures and discussions.

Commenting on the day, Professor Lynn Abrams said: "Scotland has a rich history of producing knitted textiles and a reputation in the industry that is recognised around the world."

"In recent years interest in knitting has really boomed, and this is being reflected in fashion and popular culture today. Knitting is no longer the pastime of an older generation, it is increasingly appealing to a younger demographic who are engaging with the idea of expressive themselves through knitting as a creative art," she added.

Professor Abrams went on to say that the advancement of the internet and social networking has allowed new knitting communities to form, while existing bonds between groups and initiatives have been strengthened.

This includes forums and huge online communities such as Ravelry, as well as Twitter, Pinterest, blogs and craft-selling and promoting sites such as Etsy.

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