I am a mainly a mother and carer but also, writer and genealogist; born in Leeds.
My interests include textile history – especially that of the 18thC and 19thC West Riding. I do medieval, Tudor and 1800 (Luddites era) Living History; sewing period clothing by hand or sometimes with the help of a herd of vintage sewing machines. I’m a qualified teacher with a degree and PGCE from the University of Birmingham and am available for talks, teaching and workshops, re. traditional knitting, Yorkshire textile history, spinning and natural dyeing.
This blog is a repository for the oddments of research I’d like to share with other students into textile history. I see it as an educational resource and also a dialogue with other people with an interest, academic or casual, in the history of knitting.
It is also a permanent private study resource for anyone who may attend a workshop or talk. The blog is not and never will be, monetised by me – its purpose is to share and further stimulate textile and genealogical research in primary sources. So do feel free to quote and use any material directly written by me. An attribution and link would be appreciated! But this is instructional material to aid craftspeople, historians and genealogists, so do feel free to quote and use.
River Ganseys was (finally) published in 2015. It is available as a Ravelry download but if you don’t have it, hold fire – second edition coming out later this year! It will be updated, have the best chapter reinstated and pattern charts made so you can follow them more easily.
I was involved in the new edition of Hartley & Ingilby’s classic book, ‘The Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales’, which is also available now.
You can find me as PenHemingway on Twitter.