The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2833   Message #13907
Posted By: LaMarca
03-Oct-97 - 05:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: A Length of Yarn (John Kirkpatrick)
Subject: RE: John Kirkpatrick
Don't have the song myself, but I remember Kirkpatrick singing it with Carthy on their tour here 10-12 years ago. The song is about the tradition of fishermen's wives and sweethearts knitting their loved ones intricate Arran-style sweaters. Each cable pattern is unique to the knitter, which has the somewhat gruesome advantage of making a drowned man easier to identify by the pattern of the sweater he's wearing. The song was a lament for the men for whom the sweaters were knit. I'd love to get the lyrics...