Knitting the Woman’s Woolly: Podcast

What should have been a quick blog post, rapidly grew to four posts when Becky started writing about feminism and knitting. This is the audio version of those posts, narrated by her, to hopefully make a long piece of writing a little more accessible.


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Jakob, D. ‘Crafting Your Way out of the Recession? New Craft Entrepreneurs and the Global Economic Downturn’. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, vol. 6, no. 1, Mar. 2013, pp. 127–40.

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Marsh, M. Lilly. ‘3. Become the Boss of Your Knitting: Elizabeth Zimmerman and the Emergence of Critical Knitting’. Stitching the Self: Identity and the Needle Arts, edited by Johanna Amos and Lisa Binkley, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2021, pp. 49–65.

Mayne, Alison. ‘Stitchy Fingers: Making by Hand in the First Decade of “Spare Rib”’. MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, no. 8, Dec. 2021,

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—. ‘Subverting Pink’. Dressing Dykes,

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Stannard, Casey R., and Kathy Mullet. ‘Consumption of Raw Materials by Crafters: Desired Characteristics of Yarn and Retailers’. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 17–32.

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Wilson, Elizabeth. ‘Feminism and Fashion’. Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity, University of California Press, 1987, pp. 228–47.


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Knitting the Woman’s Woolly: Part 1 – Purls of Feminist History

Feminist magazine Spare Rib published a pattern for a handknitted jumper in 1982. As volunteer Becky knitted one up for our collection, the more there was to learn about the jumper and its position in the history of knitting and feminism.

Knitting the Woman’s Woolly: Part 2 – P1R1 (Progress 1, Regress 1)

Details of how the Spare Rib jumper was made and exploring where it pushes boundaries and where it conforms.

Knitting the Woman’s Woolly: Part 3 – Ribbed for My Pleasure

After making a jumper for the GWL archive, this next jumper explores modern ideas in feminism and knitting.

Knitting the Woman’s Woolly: Part 4 – ReKnitting the Woman’s Woolly

In the last of the series, how changes in the culture of knitting influenced the economics of knitting and how Becky's jumper was made.

Spare Ribbing: Unpicking the Woman’s Woolly

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