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The Knitting Genealogist · 1W ago

“Some Knitted Nightcaps of the Debtors”

1821 Thursday, 18th October [York] Went over the bridge at 11 ¼. Went shopping with my aunt… Walked with my aunt around the castle yard (she wanted some knitted nightcaps of the debtors)…” [...
The Knitting Genealogist · 1M ago

“Whilst I live, I Crow”

  This is a post for the genealogists – about arcane Masonic documents hidden in tin boxes, and secret compartments in nineteenth century writing slopes and – lots of fun stuff like that. Ge...
The Knitting Genealogist · 1M ago

THE YORKSHIRE MUDAG

Mudags, aka:  muirlags, Crealagh and craidhleag (creels) were egg-shaped baskets with a ‘post hole’, used for holding wool ready to spin. They are known to have been a thing in Scotland – an...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

LEARN TO KNIT PORTUGUESE- STYLE WORKSHOP

    SATURDAY, 19th AUGUST 2017 2 – 4 PM £35 Visit us at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, and LEARN TO KNIT PORTUGUESE-STYLE!   Portuguese knitters work with the yarn tensioned round their ne...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

Walking Wheel – How Many Miles A Month?

So how many miles could a Great Wheel spinner walk in a month? 120 miles? To reprise; in “Spinning Wheels, Spinners and Spinning”, Patricia Baines wrote: …It is said that spinners who worked...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

Boring But Useful – Knitting Needle Size Conversion Chart

Just finally got round to making one of these. And I thought it might be useful for other fans of vintage haberdashery and knitters of old patterns.  Many charts available only go down in si...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

The Great Great Wheel Experiment

We’re off to the British Wool Show, at the weekend. We’ll be taking our Jack Greene-made Great Wheel, and finally trying out an experiment we’ve been threatening to do, for years.  If you’ve...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

Fabulous Hats!

      Then we run our little boat into some quiet nook, and the tent is pitched, and the frugal supper cooked and eaten. Then the big pipes are filled and lighted, and the  pleasant chat goe...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

Oceans of Needlework

There is such a thing as seeing all beautiful around you – pleasant woods, winding white paths, green lawns and blue sunshiny sky – and not having a free moment or a free thought left to enj...
The Knitting Genealogist · 5M ago

The Bewitched Spinning Wheel

  Proof that sometimes, carrying a bit of ballast is a Good Thing. And also a timely reminder to oil and maintain your spinning wheel! From ‘The London Evening Post’, February 24th – 27th, 1...