We had lent some things from the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection for Yorkshire Wool Week, and the very talented Katherine, who is based in the Harrogate shop, constructed four splendid window displays in successive weeks during October, on doilies, tea cosies, World War 2 knitting & crochet, and Kaffe Fassett's knitwear designs. (For this purpose, Yorkshire Wool Week lasted 4 weeks.) My favourite was the display of doilies - Angharad had selected a range of colours that went well together, and they looked splendid hanging up in the window. Much better, I think, than laid flat on a table or plate in the traditional way.
On the Wednesday evening at Baa Ram Ewe, I gave a talk about wartime knitting, covering knitting for the services (including all the many women's services), the Home Front (air raid shelters and gas masks), and coping with shortages and rationing.
After my talk, Angharad showed the spiral socks that she is making, and demonstrated knitting in the round with two circular needles. Knitting heelless socks in a spiral rib was one way of trying to make socks last longer in wartime. The idea was that whenever you put them on, your heel would go in a different place, and so the sock would wear evenly, rather than going into a hole at the heel. That's the claim. Angharad and I aren't sure how well they will work in practice, so we are both knitting a pair to try them for ourselves. I'll write more about mine later - we are both onto the second sock of our pair. Here is the extremely worn, torn and creased pattern that Angharad is knitting from - the one I'm using is a slight variation on the same idea, from a different spinner.
The leaflet claims "The HEEL forms itself when the Sock is pulled on. MUCH QUICKER TO KNIT THAN ORDINARY SOCKS AND WEARS THREE TIMES LONGER BECAUSE THE HEEL WEAR SELDOM OCCURS IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE. The photograph shows how snugly the Heel forms itself and the close, comfortable fitting round the legs and ankles." So we'll test whether this is all true when we have finished our respective pairs.