Knitted Armadillo (Material Memory)

Year: 1980s

Origin: Blackburn

Donated By: Janet Ross

During Janet’s first teaching job in the 1980s, she and her colleagues would knit their own clothes, often making a new garment each month. Her love of knitting led her to buying Patricia Roberts’ book of patterns, which is where the idea for an Armadillo came from. It took Janet 25 years to start making the Armadillo, after a life changing cancer diagnosis. She reopened the book in search of a craft project to keep her busy and stay positive during this difficult time and through her rounds of
chemotherapy.

She adapted it to make it her own and used scraps of wool from her years of knitting.


“It gave me a sense of moving forward and progressing through a very difficult episode in my life to see this creature growing stitch by stitch. I keep it hanging over the back of a chair in my home and it reminds me how far I have come in my cancer journey.”

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