The Gansey Girl
It takes around six weeks to knit a gansey by hand. They were usually made by mothers, wives and sweethearts and the patterns were passed down the generations via word of mouth - they weren't written down.
The ganseys are knitted without seams, all in one piece on five or more small needles using very fine, hardwearing four or five ply wool. They are knitted very tightly to make them weatherpoof. The tighter the knitting, the more water and weatherproof it is The Gansey Girl was one of those knitters and a fitting monument has been commissioned and sited on the North Pier at Bridlington Harbour were she sits knitting away while looking out to sea, the blue fishes on the plinth has been placed into positions by members and their representatives of all the Bridlington Fishermen