Wednesday, 9 June 2010
THE CAMPBELL BLANKET.
Our Zarah has done a wonderful job of mending the Campbell family's baby blanket. The garter stitch edge needed completely re-knitting and there was some darning to do on the main piece. The blanket was knitted by Dr. Pick, the local GP in Ambleside in the Lake district. He learned to knit when he was in the Navy and was apparently was a big, tall man, with a beard, who drank too much and had an eye for the ladies. Everybody loved him and he would get drunk with people as they died, giving them a good send off. Mrs. Pick would get cross with him, and eventually gave him an ultimatum for his outrageous behavior. He had to behave or she would boot him out.
Dr. Pick decided that if he was to give up drinking, he'd better pick up his knitting, so he knitted this blanket for the Campbell baby, who was about to be born and become one of his patients. He made it in the Campbell tartan colours, blue and green.
The Campbells loved the blanket, hence they wanted to restore it. We hope that there are many more Campbell babies to use this blanket.