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The Knitting Genealogist · 2W 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...
The Knitting Genealogist · 1M ago

Rise Up… And Knit

Knitting and sewing have  always been feminist acts.  Sometimes, it has been about activism as well. As a sort of historian, I’ve written on the blog, and will continue to write, about ninet...
The Knitting Genealogist · 3M ago

On Reverse Engineering. And Ag Labs and Farmers.

  A quick heads-up. I have two pieces out this month.  One for the knitters and one for the genealogists. For the knitters,  there’s something about reverse engineering knitting from old pho...
The Knitting Genealogist · 4M ago

Initialise

As promised long ago, here are some gansey alphabet charts, for anyone wishing to knit initials. These are 15 rounds deep. I prefer a serif. Some motifs are solid, some in moss (seed) stitch...
The Knitting Genealogist · 5M ago

Cornelia Mee ‘For A Comforter’ and The Quest for Victorian Double Knitting

https://archive.org/details/victorianknittingmanuals “THE WORK-TABLE MAGAZINE by MRS MEE and MISS AUSTIN… This is, of course, a lady’s periodical. The mysteries of the needle are illustrated...
The Knitting Genealogist · 5M ago

Never… Spun on an Ashford

Recently we were demo-ing at the Kendal Wool Gathering, and at some point in the early afternoon, a lady came in, walked up to us, and asked us if we’d be interested in having her old spinni...
The Knitting Genealogist · 7M ago

Lansallos

Last week, my new gansey pattern came out, in ‘The Knitter’. It’s published in the supplement. I’ll put up some gansey alphabet PDFs for initials, for anyone thinking of knitting it – or any...
The Knitting Genealogist · 7M ago

Spinzilla 2016

I managed to spin just over 7 miles of yarn in 7 days, with the UK Team, HillTop Cloud. Not a brilliant total – but not bad! The brown is some lovely, prize-winning Castlemilk Moorit (an ent...
The Knitting Genealogist · 7M ago

Spinzilla 2016

Tonight at midnight, is the start of Spinzilla 2016 – an international challenge where teams and individuals compete to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. I entered in 2014, on impuls...
The Knitting Genealogist · 8M ago

Inside The Paracosm 2: 22nd September, 1942

“Paracosm ~ a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history…” http://www.thefreedictionary.com/               Another glimpse into the ...