“And then there’d be half a mile of driftnet suspended in a long aurora borealis line and when the nets were pulled in it was like drawing flakes of silver out of the water.”

Threads – The Delicate Life of John Craske. Julia Blackburn.

From the Olive and George collection, drawing inspiration from the Norfolk fishermen’s Gansey jumpers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sparrow is a women’s knit, pared down to it’s essential construction featuring reverse knit sections that frame all of the seams including the neck line – mirroring the design used by the Norfolk knitters who crafted these jumpers in the round, separating each section with a line of purl stitch.

John “Sparrow” Hardingham was a fisherman working out of Sheringham in the 1920s and his jumper formed the structure for this modern interpretation.



Knitted in either the fully traceable un-dyed and Italian spun organic cashmere, produced by cashmere goats which are carefully reared on one single farm in Inner Mongolia. The yarn is certified as organic and is 100% traceable. It is to our knowledge the only yarn on the market that can make this claim.

The Russet yellow version of this jumper is knitted from the highest quality cashmere spun in Italy and dyed using 100% natural dyes. This particular shade comes from the “Weld” plant – which creates a natural dye, producing a lovely yellow/green hue – similar to that of an English Russet apple.

This jumper is oversized in proportions in order to create a flatteringly draped effect when worn. This style measures 59cm long by 65cm wide on the XS/S size and 61cm long by 68cm wide on the M/L size. The sleeve shape is exactly as a Norfolk Gansey with wide arm holes, tapering down to neat fitting cuffs at the wrist. Please look carefully at this style as there are lots of hidden details!

To discover the story behind our cashmere please visit the Journal page.

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Cream, Russet Green




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