We then settled into modern designer chairs in the Boiler Room and met Barbara and Francesca, the women behind BettaKnit. The company has a long history in Prato and with the textile industry beginning with the family business of manufacturing the machines that create yarn. We were each then given charmingly designed kits complete with everything needed to create our own hand knitted hat.
That of course meant I had to learn to knit! I listened to the patient explanations of the different styles of casting on and the basic stitches knit and purl and gave it a try. After a few false starts and a tragically lost knitting needle into an unreachable part of the museum floor, I managed a few tentative rows of bright fuchsia knots. The BettaKnit website has a library of videoson their website to help me finish.