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Edwardian Counterpane

Isn’t this a lot of knitted loveliness?  I took this pic at Morwellham Quay, near Tavistock in Devon.  The whole village is a World Heritage site of Victorian/Edwardian life.  There is a working farm, copper mine, railway and dock as well as a forge, coopers, assayer’s office and general store.  This counterpane was in the […]

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A Needle

One thousand years ago, a soldier lost his ‘housewife’ at the Roman Fort Vindolanda in the North of England.  The Fort guarded the Roman Road called the Stangate. It was positioned very close to Hadrian’s Wall as part of the defenses for keeping the barbarians out of Roman Britain. His ‘housewife’ as it was called, […]

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New Lanark

Let me tell you about a very special place in Scotland called New Lanark.  We went there as part of our road trip from Scotland to Somerset recently.  I had been anticipating this visit ever since we first started planning our trip overseas.  I had almost visited New Lanark in 1993 whilst cycling across Scotland […]

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A Vintage Emporium and Yarn – A Visit to Edinburgh

Last week our family took the train into Edinburgh for the day.  While they were cosily occupied in The Beehive with hot chocolates, I scuttled around Grassmarket exploring.  I peeked into Mr Wood’s Fossils where for a few pounds you can purchase something a few million years old! Do that bend your mind as it […]

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Mementos

It is strange the little things which become mementos of special times.  When we are somewhere new, somewhere strange, the everyday becomes curious. I collected these driftwood sticks yesterday on the beach – they would make great toggles for bulky yarn cardigan or shawl pins.  I wonder if Australian customs would agree with me.? All […]

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Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns

Whilst visiting Bamburgh Castle this week, deep inside the Norman keep, our family literally stumbled onto an exhibition from the Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns project. The project is designed to record, celebrate and preserve the sheep, shepherding and wool producing culture of Northumberland.  It has archived images and oral histories of sheep farmers and […]

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The Great Sock Adventure

We are going overseas soon for three months.  I have been giving the travel knitting some serious thought. I must knit It must be a small project It must use just one set of needles It must be a project that uses local yarn It must be a useful, light item when finished. SOCKS! I […]

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