Thursday 6 June 2013

A New Knitting Group in Huddersfield

On Tuesday evening, we had the inaugural meeting of a new local group of the Knitting & Crochet Guild in Huddersfield.  It has grown out of Tuesday Knit Night - most of the regular attenders are now members of the KCG, so we decided that once a month (first Tuesday), Knit Night will be a KCG meeting and we will have a talk or a workshop, rather than just knit and natter.   Eleven people came along to the first meeting - a good beginning. 

I had volunteered Angharad, in her absence, to talk about the Sanquhar and Yorkshire Dales gloves in the Guild collection, as well as the gloves that she has knitted herself that are inspired by the traditional gloves.   It was really bad timing on my part, because this week she is also running Crochet Week at Lee Mills, but she agreed to do it anyway and did a great job.

All the gloves (both old and new) are knitted in two colours, in small geometric patterns and usually in fine yarns.  They often have a date and the initials of the person they were made for knitted into the cuff.  Angharad usually knits them in 3-ply and has been knitting a series of pairs for friends - they are extremely covetable, so the friends are very lucky.

An array of gloves

You can see better photos of the gloves that Angharad has knitted on her blog, with details of the yarns and techniques.  Below are photos of two of the pairs from the collection that she brought along on Tuesday.  

Yorkshire Dales gloves
Sanquhar gloves
  I am talking at the next meeting (in July) myself, about some of the Aran knits in the Guild collection, though Angharad's talk will be a hard act to follow.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, Barbara -
    Accidentally, I deleted your e-mail (that will teach me not to become too tidy). The article for the PieceWork WWI knitting for the Downton Abbey special issue went to the editor a few weeks ago, and I will make certain that you and the Knitting & Crochet Guild receive proper credit for your contribution. Thank you!
    Meanwhile, I just purchased a ticket for In the Loop 3 1/2 so will travel to Shetland for the July 31-August 2 conference. The KCG Web site appears unavailable (error message) just now, so will you please remind me of the dates for the KCG meetup this summer? Even if the meetup does not work with my schedule, I would like to take up your offer to visit Lee Mills.
    I need to get in touch with Angharad (I also deleted her last e-mail).
    Hope all is well with you.


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