I recently missed this very fascinating virtual knitting event hosted by McGill Library, Rare Stitches: Knitting Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts. I would have loved to have attended, but I can enjoy watching and rewatching the video… and so can those stitchers out there into history and needlework.
In the workshop, historian and knitter Kristen Howard shared her work to bring medieval manuscripts to life by exploring the history of illuminated manuscripts and how to transform rare books into handknits. Howard is a historian, knitter, and Master of Information Studies student at McGill University. She completed a PhD in History from the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at the University of Arizona in 2020. Her current research focuses on social welfare and medical care in early modern Switzerland.
The story in the stitches
News of this workshop was shared with me by Anne Catherine, wife of Richard Anderson, great-nephew of Herbert Wheeler. Who was Herbert Wheeler? You may remember my previous post about recreating the colourwork pattern from his gloves now held in the textile collection of the Huron County Museum. Herbert’s gloves served as inspiration for my first knitting kit, the Huron Wrister. I had previously contacted Sarah Anderson, owner of Best Dishes, a Goderich business, after seeing her Instagram post identifying the glove image in the Huron Wrister Kit at the museum as a part of her family history. A quick couple messages and Sarah kindly agreed to share my questions and my contact info with her family. Thank you, Sarah!