Gripping Yarns – at the Manchester Museum

Our second workshop this Saturday at the Manchester Museum was again full to the rafters with over 40 keen knitters turning up to take part and share their skills. Led by Anna Bunney, Curator of Public Programmes, the session used an Egyptian sock from the Museum’s collection as the focus for the workshop and as inspiration for the knitting.

The little child’s sock, knitted in blue, red, and white wool, with a split toe, originates from the Egyptian period from Oxyrhynchus (el-Bahnasa) surviving for 2000 years before becoming part of the Museum’s collection in 1912.

Following the way it is believed the Egyptians would have knitted, we used a knotting technique with one needle rather than two. Although rather challenging, everyone got involved and had a go at knitting their own sock.

If you would like to have a go our continue working on your sock click here for the instructions.

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