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November 13, 2013


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Lands' End

We are happy to get your feedback, and we have made minor amendments accordingly.

Anne Thomas

You may think me too pedantic, but Wikipedia isn't always accurate!
The Prince of Wales to whom you refer was never actually crowned King - there was no coronation because he chose to abdicate and marry Wallis Simpson instead.
I suppose it would be more accurate to refer to him as the Prince of Wales -later the Duke of Windsor (this title was created specifically for him at the abdication ).

It is quite true that Fairisle Knitting techniques originated in the Fairisles where they are still used - there is a well established cottage industry there to this day.
What is not entirely accurate is that they were made in the dull colours of the local wool, as there was a thriving wool dyeing industry using local dyestuffs and mordants to produce the beautiful soft colours of the original patterns. The patterns themselves were unique to locations and knitters as well. Apart from reflecting the work of specific and identifiable knitters who no doubt took great pride in their work, another possible reason was that the original garments would have been worn by fishermen - for whom death by drowning was an occupational hazard. Even if their features were unrecognisable, they could be identified by the pattern of their sweater - wool being more weather and water-proof than fragile flesh.

Moddy Fletcher

"...fortunately modern knitting techniques now mean that Fair Isle gloves, scarves, hats and clothing abound in the brightest of hues."

Interesting article, but surely you mean modern DYEING techniques? I don't think any knitting per se, however clever, is going to change the colour of the wool!

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