I first commissioned this colour way in 2018 to celebrate and mark the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave women the right to vote. It has been so popular it has taken this long to finally get into the shop.
Alice Hawkins was Leicester's very own Suffragette. Jailed 5 times, as well as going on hunger strike she campaigned tirelessly until the outbreak of the First World War to get 'Votes for Women", when campaigning ceased as the country joined the war effort.
Her family have made sure she is remembered and I am delighted and honoured that they agreed to allow me to name this special yarn after her. Alice herself didn't get to vote until 1928 as she was neither a graduate nor owned property.
In 2018 a statue to commemorate her life and work was unveiled in the Market Square in Leicester where she would often speak.
Her Great Grandson Peter maintains a website dedicated to Alice where you can find out more. http://www.alicesuffragette.co.uk/index.php
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Fibre Silk Colour Code SIT VS Alice Hawkins Metric Count 20/2 metric count Imperial Count 11.8/2 cotton count Metric Length 9000m/kg Imperial Length 4956yd/lb Metric Sett 8, 9, 11 epcm Imperial Sett 20, 24, 30 epi Net Weight / Length 100g/900m approx