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In the spirit of the fisher girls and the sharing of knitting patterns along their journey, I am making my pattern for the gansey herrings available for all to use with a request to make a small donation to the Marine Conservation Society through this page - in memory and celebration of the silver darlings, the herring.
The ‘Gansey Herrings’ celebrate the herring industry in Great Yarmouth and the fisher girls who gutted and knitted their way along the coast following the fish. They were made as part of the Crafting History residence for Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth and are on display until September 2017. Each unique pattern is adapted from either a traditional fisherman’s gansey design or a pattern created to reference the collections in the museum and surrounding area. Inspiration for these new patterns ranges from the nets, ropes and baskets used in the fishing industry to the butterfly bomb and off-shore wind farms.
The pattern is available for download now
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