Knit Two Together (K2TOG) was a Heritage Lottery funded, All Our Stories project aimed at championing the female stories and histories intertwined in the Scottish Borders’ textiles industries as well as celebrating all things knitting. K2TOG was run in partnership with Heart of Hawick.
All Our Stories, a small grant programme, launched in 2012 in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story. was been designed to provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With Heritage Lottery funding and support, community groups carried out activities that helped people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.
The popular series presented by Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events got thousands of us asking questions about our history and inspired us to look at our history in a different way through the eyes of ordinary people.
The programme and Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories proved a real hit and K2TOG, was one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant.
Threads by Sylvia Dow, a play about women work and knitting, was commissioned as a result of this project and toured the Scottish Borders in Autumn 2015.
Share Your Story is the place for anyone, anywhere to share your knitting secrets and what it means to you. It might be the story of who taught you to knit, confessing your unfinished knitting projects, revealing your favourite knitting pattern or telling us a snippet of the folklore, traditions and histories intertwined with knitting. Here is a selection of stories shared:
An Interview with Paul Brough
At the second knitting circle in Hawick (Wednesday the 17th of April) we were treated to a great talk by Paul Brough, Archive Manager of the Heritage Hub. Paul talked with us about the archives, and some of the fascinating information there is to be found in them, and even showed us an example of some of Hawick’s history.
We felt the talk was too good to miss out on, and luckily Paul was kind enough to give us the following interview:
Speaking with Muriel
Throughout our five knitting events, we came up with a specific task; a project which everyone could get involved with and contribute to. In this interview, Stellar Quines’ Artistic Director Muriel Romanes discusses the knitting circles and this project in more detail.
A Word with Sylvia Dow
Playwright Sylvia Dow has been attached to this project since the beginning, attending all of the knitting events we put on in Hawick and carrying out her own research on the Borders textiles history. We sat down with her in Hawick before the penultimate knitting night to have a chat with her about the project, her hopes and expectations regarding it, and to see if we could get any information about the play she’ll be writing!
To find out more about this project, visit K2TOG’s website www.knit2.co.uk.