Category Archives: vintage

Canadian Production Wheel

Also known as a CPW, this kind of wheel was made in Quebec in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with its main features being a large drive wheel, iron fittings, and a tilt tensioning system. These old wheels … Continue reading

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Sally James Farnham, American sculptor

Needlecraft was a needle arts magazine that was published from 1909 until sometime in the 1940s. Headquartered in Augusta, Maine, the magazine ran articles and ads aimed at housewives, not terribly different from many of the women’s magazines of today … Continue reading

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Colorado spinning

A few weeks ago I took a quick trip back to Colorado to visit family and friends. I stopped by my old LYS, where I’m pretty sure I ended up leaving Maggie Casey with the impression that all Montreal knitters … Continue reading

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Turkish knitting, and a long-forgotten library book

Several years ago, back when I was still a fairly new knitter, I started working on some patterns from a book called Hats On! by Charlene Schurch. In a few of the patterns the author makes reference to a book … Continue reading

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observations from old issues of Spin-Off

I’ve been working my way through a pile of old issues of Spin-Off magazine, courtesy of the local guild library. There are quite a few articles on teaching spinning (of particular interest to me these days) as well as some … Continue reading

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vintage Red Cross knitting

Yesterday I ventured out into the chilly autumn rain (and forgot my umbrella) to go to a fabric flea market in the Glebe. I don’t have much need for fabric (I’m a lapsed quilter, and never learned to sew on … Continue reading

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