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One Of The Top Six… In The World!

I learned one thing this week. Never take your old family photos for granted! I’ve always had this photo in a box, somewhere.  It is my grandma, Lillie and my dad and we always called it ‘The Grumpy dad Photo’. I’d assumed it was taken by my grandad, Billie, and thought nothing more about it […]

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Genealogy Knitting Textile Arts

Wool Sort 101 or Owt For Nowt

So many new spinners are only used to spinning bought commercial dyed tops, that they feel daunted when the time comes to actually become a ‘real’ spinner, and take it from raw fibre to finished product. This is the basic guide to wool-sorting I wish I’d had in 1983!

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ganseys Genealogy History Knitting

The Silver Knitting Sheath

Wondering about the discussion elsewhere re. fancy sheaths, I had a quick trawl of the 19thC Newspapers archive from the British Library. And I found this, for Darlington (Teeside, bit further North of Yorkshire) about an agricultural show and its prize categories, several times in the 1870s: Middleton-in-Teesdale Floral, Horticultural, and Industrial Society held its […]

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Filey – and More Census Sleuthing

Filey, yesterday.  This time we parked up at the country reserve and walked down, which meant crossing the Ravine on the lovely Church Bridge.  Nice because this brings you in to the town via the old fishermen’s cottages: From there, it’s a short walk to the Museum. Passing this: I did spare a thought for […]