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A Gripping Yarn

Jane Garvey explores the world of knitting - full of rebels, musicians, jailbirds and reality TV. From 2014.

In A Gripping Yarn, Jane Garvey explores the world of knitting. It's a lot more exciting and dynamic than the simple 'knit one, purl one' sweater would have you believe!

Tracing its popularity from the American revolution through to modern "guerilla" knitters, Jane comes across composer such as Hafdís Bjarnadótti, who designs music to represent knitting patterns, and jailbirds who earn remission through knitting.

Utilised by therapists, developed by social media and discovered by Reality TV, its image is now a million miles away from the knitting granny.

Introducing Jane to this hitherto hidden world are fashion historian Dr Joanne Turney, Christine Kingdom of the UK Hand Knitting Association and Rachel Matthews, owner of an Aladdin's cave of different Yarns of all colours and textures in East London.

Producer: Joanne Watson
An Alfi production first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

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30 minutes

Last on

Thu 9 Apr 2020 01:30


  • Wed 23 Apr 2014 11:00
  • Wed 21 Jan 2015 11:00
  • Wed 8 Apr 2020 06:30
  • Wed 8 Apr 2020 13:30
  • Wed 8 Apr 2020 20:30
  • Thu 9 Apr 2020 01:30

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