Hebridean knitwear firm wraps jumpers in glimmering paper to hail founder’s inspirational gran and the Herring Girls of Scotland

With each stitch and purl, click and clack of the needles, not only is the 52-year-old weaving together a rich pattern of wool, she is also keeping her family’s legacy alive by paying homage to an age-old tradition that, without her dedication, could fade from memory.

Creating everything from jumpers and hats to scarves and shawls, Margaret Anne uses unique patterns and techniques first developed at the turn of the last century by a band of women known as the “Herring Girls” – which included her paternal grandmother, Marion MacLeod.

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