Angharad showed a pair of her favourite Sanquhar gloves from the collection.
Some of the pieces in the collection are interesting for their faults. We looked at a gansey, constructed in the traditional fashion but with a stitch pattern that doesn't really work. It's a design of interlocking arrow heads, but the alternating stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch has caused the fabric to pucker up - an object lesson in how stitch patterns can behave differently in practice to the way they look on graph paper. (Blocking might fix it I suppose - I might try a sample some time.)
I showed a sample of publications, including some of my favourite knitting patterns (most of those have already featured in this blog). And we had a small selection of tools and gadgets - at the moment we have to make exploratory expeditions into the glory hole known as Knitting Needle Alley to see what we can find, but we are going to sort them all out during "Hook and Needle Week" in June.
|Bone knitting needles and early circulars|
It was a wonderful day - visitors are always really enthusiastic when they see the collection, and spending the day with half a dozen people who are fascinated and excited by what we can show them is a great experience for us too. Several hours of non-stop talk about knitting and crochet - what could be better?