Listeners of radio and podcasts may like to know BBC World Service flagship discussion series ‘The Forum’ recently broadcast an episode ‘Unravelling the history of knitting’. The 40-minute programme examines the global history of knitting from its origins to the recent craft revival, including distinctive traditions that have developed around the world. Three guests share their insights in discussion with presenter Bridget Kendall: Professor Sandy Black, KHF Chair and author of ‘Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft’; Annemor Sundbรธ, Norwegian textile designer and author of ‘Everyday Knitting: Treasures From A Ragpile’ and Cynthia LeCount Samakรฉ, specialist in indigenous textiles and author of ‘Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia’. (Further details of these books may be found in the Knitting History Reading List in our Resources section).
The programme ‘Unravelling the history of knitting’ can downloaded directly from the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1rl0 and will be available for over a year on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct1rl0. It is also available as a podcast and can be found by searching “BBC The Forum” in any podcast provider.