243 – Knitting needles with knitting

Physical description:
Glass knitting needles with black wool knitting.
Museum classification:
Working Tools
Size:
260mm
Information:

Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'West country witches retain a strong Celtic tradition in much of their spell making incantations, such as repeating a thing over and over and over again. So using witches' knitting needles which must be blunt, thick and made of glass, they repeat the spell stitch by stitch. Black wool for cursing or revenge magic and other colours in keeping and related to the work in hand for beneficent magic making. When the spell is regarded as being real strong the knitting is taken off the needles and burnt.'

Resource:
Object
Materials:
Glass, wool
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.

Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'West country witches retain a strong Celtic tradition in much of their spell making incantations, such as repeating a thing over and over and over again. So using witches' knitting needles which must be blunt, thick and made of glass, they repeat the spell stitch by stitch. Black wool for cursing or revenge magic and other colours in keeping and related to the work in hand for beneficent magic making. When the spell is regarded as being real strong the knitting is taken off the needles and burnt.'