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Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales


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OLD HAND-KNITTERS OF THE DALES 188 pages, including 1 pattern reconstructed from an original Dales glove ISBN: 978-1-937513-26-9 _____________________________________ ABOUT THE BOOK The centuries-old craft of knitting has left behind few lasting traces. Knitting was such an everyday occurrence for so many peoplepeople who often left little historical recordthat we are left with many unanswered questions about the early days of the craft. It is no wonder, then, that The Old Hand-Knitters of the Dales became an instant classic from the time it was first published in 1951. Yorkshire natives Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby interviewed dozens of local knitters, chronicling the skills and habits of a people who continued to produce handknits prodigiously, even as the Industrial Revolution chugged on around them. Now, more than 60 years later, historian Pen Lister Hemingway has revived this charming, out-of-print classic with a new foreword, photographs of original Dales knits, and patterns that you can make yourself to relive this crucial moment in knitting history. Penelope Lister Hemingway writes for various genealogy and knitting magazines in the UK and US, and wrote River Ganseys for Cooperative Press (2014). She has a degree and PGCE from The University of Birmingham, where she specialized in Old Norse and Old English, as well as eighteenth-century literature and also studied at the University of Northern Colorado. She was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire; and descends from a long line of wool weavers, and pioneers of aniline dyeing, as well as Dales knitters, farmers and inland mariners. She has five sons, and when she is not reverse engineering nineteenth-century knitting, or in an archive researching the history of knitting, can be found spinning and dyeing. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY stranded colorwork GAUGE 13 sts/18 rnds = 1 inch in colorwork pattern PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Jamieson & Smith Shetland Heritage COLORWAY Flugga White and Peat

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