Four hand knit projects for women using fully traceable Pebble Island yarn.

On a wild and blustery February day we photographed these handknit designs on location at the working fishing beach at Rock-A-Nore, Hastings. Although admittedly a vastly differing landscape to Pebble Island to which the wool is traceable direct to the sheep, I felt a connection between the hardworking outdoor lifestyle of the fishermen here on the South Coast and the family of sheep farmers in the Falklands archipelago.

Natural, renewable, biodegradable, breathable, resilient and comfortable wool is the ultimate fibre and perfectly practical for this collection of garments designed to face the elements. Functional, yes, but not without fanciful decoration, after all one must savour the process of crafting something by hand and relish the opportunity to make it one’s own. A patchwork of colours later embellished with contrast stitching, a 5 colour stripe in a brain-engaging stitch pattern and a two colour fairisle designed to reveal your workings. Much like the fibre in which they are knitted these designs are beautiful inside and out!

Photography by India Hobson. On location at Hastings Fishing Beach, East Sussex.