Gansey Girl

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The Gansey Girl (sculpture) in Bridlington Harbour.

She is sat knitting a gansey which is a traditional jumper worn by generations of fishing families around the coast of Britain while waiting for the fishing fleet to return.
26/09/2021 - 21:23JAK
CategoryStock Photos
Shutter Speed1/160
Focal Length16mm


Link Posted 27/09/2021 - 09:49
I have two gansies.... a working fisherman's one and a dress one for going out.... the dress one is fully patterned and each family had a different design.... important on the working ones the fishermen wore, as often it was the only means to identify a body washed ashore.
My oldest gansey [in the Sutherland basic pattern] has been going for over twenty-five years and has had new cuffs and collar knitted in by the original knitter.... the dress one [in a Munro pattern] was a commission and is treated as a dress one, only ever worn when I am attending something special!!
The knitter lives in Norfolk and has collected the patterns of over 500 gansies from Norfolk to Shetland.... wherever the Silver Darlings swam.
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