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  • Beautiful cables, can you knit them? 09 October 2017 | View comments

  • Hi there

    It's that time of year again! It's sweater weather! Yay!

    You may have noticed that I am just about to start some hand knit workshops in Witney, Oxfordshire. I am so excited....but before I talk about my workshops, I just have to share some of Witney's textile history.  

    Witney has been famous for wool and textiles, for hundreds of years and references to this date right back to as early as 1086.  It was during the 17th century that Witney specialised and became known for manufacturing good quality blankets with records of a group of Witney textile manufacturers naming themselves as the 'blanket weavers in 1641. This would have been run as a cottage industry using the local Cotswold sheep.
    The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century transfomed Witney's blanket trade and by the end of Queen Victoria's reign 'Witney Blankets' were sold worldwide. The mills continued to manufacture the renowned 'Witney Blanket' through to the 20th century, but like much of our textile industry in the UK, the last blanket mill sadly closed in 2002.  
    This town has such a wealth of textile history, and is so worth a visit. The
    Witney Museum has lots of information about the historic sites to see along with wonderful photographs of its past. The Old Blanket Hall, in the centre of town was where all the blankets were weighed, measured and approved. This amazing building is also open to the public....with a little coffee shop tucked away at the back (perfect for a refreshing pit stop).
    ...PS Witney also has great restaurants, contemporary coffee shops and good shopping including a lovely wool shop!

    So back to my workshops...

    my first workshop just has to be a blanket workshop! It is my cabled blanket workshop

    If you would love to be able to knit a beautiful cabled blanket to snuggle up with this winter this could be the workshop for you. I will introduce you to working with cable needle. I will teach you how to knit various cables for both my written row by row instructions and charts. Needles and a variety of 4 Ply DK, Aran and Chunky wool will be supplied so that you can explore a variety of cables from very fine knits through to cosy chunky knits. The aim of this workshop is for you to leave feeling confident about knitting a variety of cables and understanding cable knit instructions. The choice of one of my cabled blanket knitting patterns is included in the workshop. I will go through the pattern with you, to ensure that you understand the pattern and can knit the cables in your knitting pattern.

    Just to clarify knitting, wool will be available for you to use for all of your small cabled swatches that you knit during the workshop. The wool for your large blankets will not be included in the cost of the workshop, but help will be given for you to choose the perfect yarn for your blanket project.

    Do hop over to my workshops category for more info and other workshops over the next few weeks. 

    Maybe see you soon!


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