Thursday, 12 February 2009

Replica Gunnister purse

I've been wanting to have a go at this one for a long time, and finally started it last night. As you see, it's now finished, so I enjoyed knitting up that one! I'm pleased with this, although it has turned out bigger than the original; I need to acquire/spin some thinner wool and get thinner needles and have another go.
Pattern I used is here:
The Gunnister burial goods were excavated in 1951 at Gunnister on Sheltand. The coins in the purse were Dutch and Swedish, suggesting that trade was taking place at that time. Other goods uncovered were gloves, two caps, stockings and a fragment of knitting.
A good section on this in Richard Rutt's A History of Handknitting.
Off to research the Gunnister caps now!

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