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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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Wheer Theer's Muck

The myths around traditional knitting are worth exploring.  One new one seems to be the idea that Tudor, even medieval, sailors or fishermen wore a forerunner of the gansey.  I’m going to explode a few myths in a forthcoming book, so should keep my powder dry  – but here’s a few thoughts and woolgatherings that […]

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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 […]