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BBC Radio Four presents 'A Gripping Yarn' for knitters

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Despite it's long history and currently growing popularity, knitting doesn't get featured in the media too often. That makes a program aired on BBC Radio 4 last Wednesday all the more intriguing, for knitters on both sides of the pond.

In A Gripping Yarn, Jane Garvey, presenter of the Woman's Hour series also on BBC Radio 4, tracks the craft across a broad range of the cultural landscape. With a running time just under half an hour, Garvey takes only a few minutes to touch on several focal points, but it could inspire listeners to learn more about a number of things. Subjects included:

  • Composer Hafdis Bjarnadotti, who translated a shawl pattern into a musical score
  • Knitting in television, from Denmark's 'The Killing' sparking a trend in fair isle sweaters to Norway's five-hour show featuring live knitting as part of a move towards 'slow TV'
  • The weird and wonderful fiber possibilities, from human hair to crab shells
  • Prison programs using the needle arts as part of remission

The segment is available to listen to online until April 30th, seven days after the original broadcast. It was produced by Joanne Watson.



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