In 1972 Miss Anna Templeton, with the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, released the booklet Operation Homespun: Traditional Knitting Patterns of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is now considered an historical document and it contains knitting patterns that were traditionally passed from one generation to the next, like the thumb & finger, trigger mitts. In 2009 the Anna Templeton Centre reprinted the booklet in its original format so that a new generation of knitters could embrace the traditional patterns.
In 2011 – 2012 we challenged knitters everywhere to create exciting new garments, accessories and art pieces based on the patterns found in Operation Homespun. We wanted to infuse the old charts with new life, refine the traditional Newfoundland Guernsey with a contemporary fit, design fashion forward garments using traditional motifs, and create installations to honour this treasured document.
These entries formed Operation Homespun: Next Generation ~ The Exhibition that was on display at the Craft Council Gallery, March 24 – April 29, 2012. It was an exciting and eclectic collection of hand knitting that we were proud to bring together.
On February 12, 2013 the individual knitting patterns for the winning entries The Wreckhouse Wristers by Andrea Babb and the Republic Jacket by Laurie LeGrow were officially launched.
Though not included in the Operation Homspun publication, these patterns will make exciting additions to your knitting pattern collection.