12 December 2020 – 8 January 2021
In the winter of 2020, once again we were delighted to show the famous all-knitted 12 days of Christmas as our contribution to the seasonal spirit in Settle. Featuring lords-a leaping, maids a milking, swans a swimming and all the rest, including of course the partridge in its pear tree, would Christmas be Christmas without this excellent work by our local knitters?
Since their first showing in 2014 the 78 tiny all knitted figures that act out the words of the Twelve Days of Christmas have amazed visitors and set many of them reciting the lines about what their true love gave to them on each of those days of Christmas.
The eight ladies knitting who produced the exhibition are Settle residents: Jeanne Carr, Catherine Holland, Shirley Crosby, Alison Tyas, Joyce Elliot, Jacqui Lewington, Betty Beesley and Janet Lillywhite. Credit is due too to Barbara Rigby who designed the window panels, giving the exhibition a truly festival spirit.
It has long been believed that the words of the Twelve Days of Christmas, did not reflect the rather odd collection of gifts given to a fiancée who would probably have preferred a box of chocolates, but were a device used by 16th century Roman Catholics to convey the basics of their belief without arousing the suspicions of non-Catholics.
In previous years the exhibition has been enhanced by gifts of chocolate left for visitors, but this year Covid restrictions prevented this.