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River Ganseys – Ebiezzer

  In the next week or so, I am putting up images of all the patterns in ‘River Ganseys’ – if you’re knitting one, or planning on knitting one, the Comments here will be a handy place for questions – and the larger images will be helpful to intrepid knitters, I hope. If you only […]

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River Ganseys – Striking t’loop, Swaving, and other Yorkshire Curiosities

Finally, here it is. River Ganseys – Striking t’loop, Swaving, and other Yorkshire Curiosities Revived From the Archives is out on Ravelry. Your actual hard copies will hopefully be ready for Rhinebeck (The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival). The rather wonderful Schoolhouse Press will be stocking the book.  That makes me happy on […]

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“Ladies Made Happy!”

“Victorian parlour ladies” has become a derogatory phrase when it comes to describing the history of crafts.  I wrote this some time ago for Love:Crochet. Crochet is not ‘my’ craft but it was interesting to look at its history, as it was so beloved of the “Victorian parlour ladies” of the 1840s and sheds some […]

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A Pink Dog Lead

  What was your first piece of knitting?  Mine was… a pink dog lead! For many knitters, our craft becomes intricately purled together with their life stories and personalities. We all have a story in stitches; here’s mine. Like so many women (and men), I learned to knit from my mother at around the age […]

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Close Knit Exhibition, Hull Maritime Museum

Last month, I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview of the Close Knit exhibition, at Hull Maritime Museum.  The exhibition was created by the Maritime Museum in partnership with the Moray Firth Gansey Project and Hull School of Art & Design. ‘Close Knit”s star turn is a gansey once owned by Poet […]