"A history of Britain’s long love affair with wool, told through a year of knitting garments from around the British Isles.
Over the course of a year, Esther Rutter – who grew up on a sheep farm in Suffolk, and learned to spin, weave and knit as a child – travels the length of the British Isles, in order to tell the story of wool’s long history here. This Golden Fleece is at once a meditation on the craft and history of knitting, and a fascinating exploration of wool’s influence on our landscape, history and culture.
From Shetland to the Channel Islands, she unearths fascinating histories of communities whose lives were shaped by wool, among them the mill workers of the Border counties, the stocking knitters of Wales, and the inhabitants of the fishing villages of Britain's coast. She finds tradition and innovation intermingling in today's knitwear industries and in the hands of the many amateur knitters she meets. And along the way, she explores wool's rich culture by crafting culturally significant garments – among them 19th-century pattern gloves, Highland walking socks, a delicate hap and a heavyweight fisherman's jumper - reminding us of the value of craft and our intimate relationship with wool."
Published by GRANTA
352 pages | hardback | 138x216mm