A self-described ‘knit-aholic’, Esther Rutter unravels the social history and allure of knitting, from Fair Isle to Cornwall via the Hebrides, as described in her new book This Golden Fleece, published by Granta.
Esther Rutter studied English at Oxford University’s Magdalen College, where she held an academic scholarship. She has worked at the Wordsworth Trust and at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and is currently Writer in Residence at the University of St Andrews. Growing up on a sheep farm in Suffolk – where as child she learned to spin, weave and knit – she retains an affection for all things woolly. She lives in Fife.
Part of Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival.
Praise for This Golden Fleece:
‘Enthralling.’ The National.
‘From fairy tales to debate regarding national identity, from the year dot to the tragedy of the Scottish Clearances and beyond, the history of plain, purl and intarsia is woven together by Esther Rutter, whose own skill with needles, learned from practical experience, attests that this ancient craft is nothing less than a wonder of civilization. Beautifully written too.’ Janice Galloway