Mills in our Midst 1: Munrospun, Restalrig

In a previous post on Munrospun yoke sweater kits I highlighted two directions that my digging about to find out more about about the kits had taken me in.  I made reference to a Munrospun factory in Restalrig in Edinburgh, and to Bernat Klein a one time employee of Munrospun. Today I want to follow up the first of these references. My attention had originally been drawn to the fact that Munrospun had a factory … More Mills in our Midst 1: Munrospun, Restalrig

Ringwood Socks

In October I set myself the challenge of designing a sock pattern. There were a few reasons for this; I’m behind on my sock challenge to knit a pair of socks every month this year – by October – month 10 – I’d managed just 5 pairs. I thought that if I designed some socks this would give me an additional push. I wanted to do something with the Ringwood Pattern which I’ve spoken about before and thought it … More Ringwood Socks

Knitting Knots in Glasgow

Yesterday I spent a fantastic day in Glasgow attending Glasgow University’s Re-inventing Scotland Woollen Traditions Public Study Day and generally sight seeing. The event was staged at The Lighthouse, A Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building originally for the Glasgow Herald newspaper, and now home to Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It has some fabulous Mackintosh exhibitions and I was on a bit of a Mackintosh drive yesterday. I’ve been working on designs with my … More Knitting Knots in Glasgow

Nothing New under the Knitter’s Sun?

The Spring/Summer Issue of Designer Knitting (Vogue Knitting In the US) carries a feature by Carol J. Sulcoski A Brief History of Circular Needles. The article points out that whilst knitting in the round is nothing new, the transition from doing so on double pointed needles to circular needles is a relatively new development. Reviewing evidence from US patents, the first flexible cable with fixed needles at each end appears to have been patented by … More Nothing New under the Knitter’s Sun?