Knitting Traditions 2017


I am excited to share some good news with you all! I had been having the most Monday of Mondays until word came that my article proposal for next year’s Knitting Traditions magazine has been accepted.

The 2017 edition’s theme is the Victorian era, and the working title for my article is ‘Sir Walter Scott & the Tartan Craze’. That should give you a good idea about what I’ll be exploring. I’ve been wanting to get an article about tartan published for some time now and so am absolutely overjoyed.

Rather than fling everything aside, though, I’m still conducting interviews (or scheduling them) for another piece I’m working on for an academic journal. On top of that I’m trying to get all my other mostly done books finished before I start my Waverley re-reading, so I can give it my full attention. I promise a proper post (probably about said reading) on Thursday.

Knitting Traditions is set to be published in November of 2017.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Marjorie Barks says:

    You do not have to look very far during the Christmas season to see that the “tartan craze” is alive and well. Stewart tartan is ubiquitous.

    Speaking of which, since there is a Royal Stewart tartan, why didn’t the, um. royal Stuart kings spell the name that way? Is that not their tartan?

    And which tartan does HRH The Prince of Wales wear? He still has the legs for a kilt (which Sir Mungo did not!), but if memory serves, the one he wears is in the blues and greens, not reds.

    Possible future post to answer Mummy’s obnoxious questions?

    1. brenna says:

      I would have to see the specific kilt to tell you. I imagine you’re thinking of the ones he wears when “relaxing” in the country, which are the hunting tartans for any of those he can wear. The Tartan Authority has a guide to all the royal tartans:

      He is also the Duke of Rothesay so can wear that sett and all its colour variations (dress, old/ancient, hunting, etc).

      As for Stuart vs Stewart etymology: blame Mary, Queen of Scots. The original (and Scots) spelling is Stewart (they were the kings’ stewards, Robert the Bruce’s daughter married one of them and after her younger brother died without an heir her son became king, thus Royal Stewart). As she was raised in and Queen of France, Mary used the French spelling. I imagine the continued use was due to Charles I having a French wife and Charles II and James VII & II having been protected by France after their father’s death…

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