The last month was a blur of work, garden, knitting, and getting ready for my big trip to the UK. I don’t think I got to posting much about it, but thanks to Knitsofacto Annie, I was involved in some knitted costuming for Tell Them of Us, a documentary about a family in Lincolnshire during the First World War.
The film was inspired by the war memorial in tiny Thimbleby Church.
It is a time of history that has long been an interest of mine. Combine it with knitting, and how could I say no? I made a ‘Sport Sweater” from a 1912 pattern, greatly simplified. I also ‘reverse engineered’ a sweater from a photo of Grace, the eldest of the three siblings in the family, and the main character in the film.
Here are the sweaters as worn by the extremely talented Victoria Rigby in the film
There is even a book of the projects in the film. Here’s Pauline Loven, the costumier:
As WAG Screen’s costumier I spent a year researching and gathering vintage resources to begin creating the costume for the film which would be set on the home front in WW1. One thing worried me though – I was aware just how much clothing was knitted during the period and I cannot knit. Knitting also takes a long time to create, but to only include sewn clothing would have been a distortion. So, one Sunday morning, I speculatively tweeted for a volunteer knitter – confident that my words would disappear into the ether. But I didn’t know then the character of knitters. Within an hour I had one hundred volunteers and quickly created a Facebook group to gather them in. In no time at all there were three hundred volunteers and a Ravelry group had been created too. Knitters, as I quickly discovered, are gregarious, generous and efficient, and a management system immediately evolved led by Liz Lovick, managed by Jane Lawrence and augmented by Judith Brodnicki. Out of the group we had over had over one hundred active knitters, designers, hookers and researchers and Centenary Stitches was born.
I received an invitation to the ‘premiere weekend’ in Lincoln, the weekend of Remembrance Sunday, and figured, why not? It is such fun to visit another country and do more than simply look around. I’m so grateful I was able to participate. Everyone was kind, welcoming and such fun. My brain is so filled with the trip, sorting out, shuffling through, that I’ll have to take a few posts to write it down.