Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gansey sweaters

As part of the tradition of knitwear, the Gansey sweater is a really interesting object full of textural pattern (each fishing village having its own pattern to allow for the return of a sailors body if found at sea), sleeves that are knitted from the sleeve head to the cuff (to allow for easy repairs), short sleeves to ensure that they do not become wet and soiled from the gutting and hauling, and knitted very tightly and oiled to resist the harsh environment of the fishing boat deck.

Thanks to Fishing arts for this image

Thanks to Sheringham museum for this old fisherman.

Thanks to the BBC for these two.

I am sure that I will be back to this subject again....

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Some Norwegian knitted accessories

Sometimes a sweater is just too big a project!
What about some lovely accessories instead?
Oh graph heaven

Thanks to Free Vintage Knitting for this graph

Norwegian knitting for Christmas

Oh they are all outdoors, rugged and fresh!
 For more Norwegian nostalgia pop over to Lillun who make them today..and you might even be tempted to buy one...I am very covetous...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Shetland Knitting

You might be interested in going to A Polar Bears Tale blog for some more lovely Shetland knitters

Wendolene Ramsbottom

Ahh it was a love that could not speak it's name......But where did that wool come from? Preston you have some explaining to do....

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wallace and Gromit, "A Close Shave"

I have always loved Wallace and Gromit, having grown up just behind where they made Morph....
Genius of genius it was decided that Wallace and Gromit should invent the Knit-o-Matic machine... put in a sheep and the machine shears, washes, cards and knits a sweater all in one sit back and relax with the Knit-o-Matic machine.....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Some beautiful fairisle knitting from the 1950s and 30s

All of these patterns came from Skiff vintage knitting patterns

Furoshiki gift wrapping

Furoshiki gift wrapping from RecycleNow on Vimeo

I love how the Japanese wrap things in this case wrapping with a piece of fabric would seem to be a beautiful way of wrapping Christmas presents
Merry Christmas

A visit to Todd and Duncan and Johnstons of Elgin

Esquire magazine went to Scotland to find out why Scottish Cashmere and tweed is the best in the world.

Some knitting Trends for 2102/13

Li Edelkoort is a great fashion trend designer, here is her take on the trends in knit for 2012/13

A Russian view of what might happen if you knit in the sky