Last week we issued the final pattern in our Bluestocking club
Sarah Scott – the talented author of novels which, among other things, explored the socially transformative effects of a utopian all-female community – joined designs inspired by other eighteenth-century bluestockings . . .
This scholarly knitting club has been such fun! It’s been wonderful for Nicole and I to share the inspiring stories of eighteenth-century women with you, and we have been overwhelmed by the level of your engagement: to date, over three hundred pairs of bluestockings have been shared as part of our knitalong, and several club members have already knitted multiple pairs of a single design, or, in some cases, are in the process of whipping up a full set of bluestockings!
Our own local bluestockings – Gill, Mimi and Samira – have done sterling work, modelling the club designs . . .
Tom lent his feet for a bluestockings blog post . . .
. . . and explored the colourful history of socks and stockings through our Sock of the week series
All of us are feeling excited about the book that is forthcoming from our local printer in just a few weeks time! Alongside all the club patterns, the book includes essays from a range of expert contributors . . .
. . . and is lavishly illustrated throughout, with original eighteenth-century images . . .
The Bluestockings book offers an exciting, in-the-round combination of material history, contemporary making, and early feminism, and is a truly beautiful volume which we all feel very proud of producing!
The book will be shipped out to club members in a few weeks time, and those of you who weren’t part of the club will also be able to purchase it then, either from the KDD shop or your local yarn or book store. We are also planning a couple of events – both online, and in-person – to launch the Bluestockings book – so please do watch this space.
I’d like to thank the whole KDD team for their hard work on this project – with a special shout-out to the always-wonderful Claire. We hope you’ve found this project as much of a joy to be a part of as we have, and that the bluestocking book and patterns bring you many happy hours of knitting and reading!
Thank you all for being a part of this.