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‘Translating between Hand and Machine Knitting’ – publication date is 31st August

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‘Translating between hand and machine knitting’ is about to be published

A new and exciting book that explains in detail how to knit by hand and machine, and switch between the two skills. Continue reading

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Translating between Hand and Machine Knitting

A pre-publication glimpse of my new book, Translating between Hand and Machine Knitting. To be published by Crowood Press in summer 2018, this book is lavishly illustrated with clear step-by-step instructions on knitting techniques, stitch structures and fabric constructions. Unlike … Continue reading

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Notes on spinning and plying

Spinning  Spinning is twisting fibres together to make a single spun yarn (singles). All sorts of fibres can be spun, but generally speaking, the longer each fibre is (it’s staple length), the easier it is to spin into a yarn. … Continue reading

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Binding the floats in fair isle machine knitting 

Find out how to work this, and many other useful and creative techniques in,  ‘Translating Between Hand and Machine Knitting’, available next year.

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Fair isle fun

Time to play now that my manuscript has gone to the publishers. 

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Patwin Rug Wool Cutter has arrived

I bought this efficient little gadget on eBay last week, and it arrived today.  I have been cutting the wool manually with a gauge I made myself from 2 rectangles of heavy mount card stuck both sides a narrower rectangle … Continue reading

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Report on cross-breed sheep for higher quality wool and John Arbontextiles in North Devon

Devon Mule sheep cross bred Devon breed with Blue Faced Leincester produces softer but strong wool, used in this instance for walking socks. Countryfile BBC1 Sunday 24th January 2016. http://bobnational.net/record/357114 Or catch up on iPlayer 

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