Bressay woman knits christening robe for Royal baby
A christening robe for the new Royal baby which was designed and made by Sandra Manson from Bressay was presented to Prince Charles last month when he was on a visit to the Borders.
The gift was made on behalf of the wool producers of Shetland and the Campaign for Wool, of which the prince is patron.
The robe was made of Shetland supreme one-ply worsted spun yarn, which is the nearest to homespun it is possible to get. Although the full-length garment only took two weeks to make, it took six weeks to plan.
Mrs Manson said: “Thinking about what I was going to do was more difficult than knitting it. It is my interpretation of traditional and modern designs and would cover the baby’s feet.
“I made it in cockleshell and patterns, instead of going round they went up, and the yoke and sleeves were a fine lacier pattern.”
Knitting in one-ply is not too difficult, she said. “You get used to it. It’s lovely wool to work with. I don’t know if he [the Royal baby] will wear it for his christening but it would be amazing.”
She added that besides being an honour to knit for the heir to the throne, it was an honour to support the crofters and farmers of Shetland and the Campaign for Wool.
The garment found its way to Prince Charles via Campaign for Wool committee member Martin Curtis, who works closely with Shetland wool producers. Mr Curtis attended a Campaign for Wool meeting last week at which the garment was given to the organisation’s chairman.
Mr Curtis said: “It is with great pride that I am able to report that John Thorley, OBE, chairman of the Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool, presented HRH with a hand-knitted real Shetland lace christening robe that was made from wool grown exclusively in the Shetland Islands.
“The presentation took place during HRH recent visit to Scotland, and was made on behalf of the Campaign for Wool and the 800 Shetland wool producers we work with, to mark the birth of the Royal baby, third in line to the throne.
“Heartfelt thanks go to the Shetland wool community and the knitter and designer Sandra Manson from Bressay. Everyone who saw the robe was enthralled by its beauty, craftsmanship and elegance.”