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Casting On, Casting Off

Casting On, Casting Off

Screen Print on Somerset paper
42cm x 38cm

I was very close to my Grandma, and when she died I was given her sewing box among other things. It was a real document of the 80 years of her life, with items dating back to before the First World War and others from only a few years ago. It really seemed to epitomise the 'waste not, want not' ethos of my Grandma's generation. I wanted to document these items, somehow and in doing so both create a kind of portrait of my Grandma, but also something a bit broader - these things are in most household's sewing box. I wanted to remember my Grandma as an individual, but also know that she was part of something bigger.

This is a collection of things I found in her box relating to knitting. I do a lot of knitting in the evenings (a good way to decompress after a busy day) and these items quickly found their way into my own knitting bag. I liked the fact I was using row counters and stitch markers that my Grandma had used decades before; the continuity of this had a resonance for me. Knitting is something that was done by people in the past through necessity; now it is usually more of a hobby, but whenever I am knitting I like to think of the generations of women before me who knitted. Ganseys and hats, unravelling old garments to reuse the wool to knit up into smaller items like socks and gloves, needed to protect against the Scottish weather.

Please note that this is a handmade print and there may be slight variations in the edition. Each piece is unique!