History Knitting

Lancashire Squares, Yorkshireficated.

Whilst ‘The Knitter’ 122 is still in the shops, I thought I’d do a quick post on the non -traditional way I constructed the centre square of the ‘Hetty’  hap shawl. Well, I say non traditional – it’s very traditional. Just in Lancashire, not Scotland! Fusion knitting is a thing, right? One thing that inspired […]

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“With His Head All Dyed A Brilliant Magenta Colour”

Well, I finally got round to making a tiny Etsy shop, to sell our mudags and some of my naturally dyed fibres: So now the mudags will be available to folk who can’t get to wool shows in Yorkshire, this year! And also, talking of dyeing, one of my (possible) Dawson relatives found this […]


“Boil Jently” – A Nineteenth Century Gentleman’s Lip Salve.

Well that was a surprise.  Just opened my complimentary  copy of ‘The Knitter’ which has been languishing under a chair for a few days, to see if my history of prison knitting article is in – and my hap shawl is on the cover!  I had no clue.  I will write some more about it […]

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Nalbinding Crash Course

Nalbinding It started like this. Every year, I meant to get on the Nalbinding For Beginners workshop, run by the York Archaeological Society at the VikingFest.  Every year, it sold out before I could get on it.  But, I noticed a few years back, the course for Advanced Nalbinders didn’t sell out.  So, a few […]