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History Knitting Textile Arts

Wensleydale and Malhamdale

The Adderback glove pattern is now out!  Yarn Forward 26: Also an article on the history of Yorkshire Dales knitting.  ‘Yarn Forward’ have done us proud with the lovely layout and choice of images to go with the article. After the article was written and the pattern finished,  the magazine wanted more pictures so we […]

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Genealogy History

"Your Darlings You See Never"

From the 1879 History of Tazewell County, Charles C. Chapman & Co.  Quoted in Martha McDonald’s “Roodhouse Family Tree”, 2002. This story concerns the son of one of my mariner relatives –  my first cousin 5 times removed (twice over!) one of the sons of Jane Roodhouse (above), by her first husband Captain Abraham Wood.  […]

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ganseys History Knitting Re-enactment spindle whorls

Wheer Theer's Muck

The myths around traditional knitting are worth exploring.  One new one seems to be the idea that Tudor, even medieval, sailors or fishermen wore a forerunner of the gansey.  I’m going to explode a few myths in a forthcoming book, so should keep my powder dry  – but here’s a few thoughts and woolgatherings that […]