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Genealogy History

Isaac Moses and The Ebiezzer

I have 2 loves – knitting and genealogy.  Sometimes, the pair collide.  As in the case of my Moses ancestors who seem to have run vessels out of various places, including Cawood, Howden and presumably Hull, making a living from inland waterway shipping as well as farming along the banks of the Ouse. Here is […]

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History Knitting Textile Arts

Yorkshire Dales Gloves

Based on some of the gloves in the Dales Countryside Museum, at Hawes. They are knit in Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop’s DK – any two colours with strong contrast would do the trick.  Will upload the pattern and charts here after it’s published. Gansey research is coming on well – lots of museums and archives now […]

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ganseys History Knitting

Sunk Island Gansey Pattern

Here’s the pattern for Sunk Island, the gansey from Yarn Forward,  Issue 18.  Enjoy! Sunk Island Gansey How To (PDFs for charts, below).  Pattern as written is for gansey on the right – only difference between v.1 and v.2 being the less cluttered sleeves on v.2. You could, of course, knit the sleeves plainer or […]

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"Look The Way He Wants You To Look"

To keep this place warm whilst I finally get round to taking some pics of the current project, I thought I’d amuse yous with this….  An ad from a 1960’s UK Vogue Knitting. Rex Harrison’s less attractive brother doing a gig turned down by Roger Moore, probably. “Look your best…for his sake.  For the sake […]

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Masham Sheep Fair

Yesterday we made our annual pilgrimage to Masham in the Yorkshire Dales.  A whole town turned over to sheep – for a whole weekend! Sheep steeplechasing, dancing sheep, fleece sales…. what’s not to love! And just like last year, the sun shone down for us. Here you can see the sheep pens covering the market […]

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Castles n stuff ganseys Genealogy History

Desperately Seeking J. Slade.

I’m not sure what it is about graffiti that I love so much. Here’s some photos we took at Brougham Castle, Cumbria, when we went up to Woolfest. And what about this? And rather incredibly, from a sheltered spot, in pencil from almost exactly 110 years ago: The genealogist in me wants to look for […]