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TITLE
Knitting techniques
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_FISHERGIRLS_15
DATE OF RECORDING
1984
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1958
KEYWORDS
fisher girls
fisher lassies
fishwives
kippers
kippering
Fair Isle
shawl
crafts
audio

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Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When they were not gutting fish, the fisher lassies would turn to their second occupation - knitting woollen garments for the fishermen. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie remembers some of the knitting techniques. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.

'It wis a belt an they wis, it wis padded here an, ye stuck yer needle in the belt. An then ye used'll get yin stand a needles, four, an that's how ye made the jerseys, ye made them in the four. An I used'll use a circular needle when I did Fair Isles. Ah used'll do a lot o Fair Isles, an shawls, and - Oh, e fisher lassies wis great workers'

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Knitting techniques

1980s

fisher girls; fisher lassies; fishwives; kippers; kippering; Fair Isle; shawl; crafts; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Fisher Lassies

Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When they were not gutting fish, the fisher lassies would turn to their second occupation - knitting woollen garments for the fishermen. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie remembers some of the knitting techniques. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.<br /> <br /> 'It wis a belt an they wis, it wis padded here an, ye stuck yer needle in the belt. An then ye used'll get yin stand a needles, four, an that's how ye made the jerseys, ye made them in the four. An I used'll use a circular needle when I did Fair Isles. Ah used'll do a lot o Fair Isles, an shawls, and - Oh, e fisher lassies wis great workers'