Propagansey Exhibition 2015 October 04 2015
St.Stephens Old Church Robin Hood's Bay, East Yorkshire Coast.
Praise be to Deb Gillanders and her utterly fabulous Propergansey exhibition.
A real treat for any Gansey lover & a rare day trip out for some serious knitting inspiration.
With Ganseys sourced from all over British Isles from Scotland to Cornwall
even a few from over the North Sea in Holland.
Nice tonal mend to end of the collars & cuffs after much wear.
Below right, vintage hand stitched child's under shirt.
Hand printed postcards by local Filey artist Mel Whitaker.
The holy grail of Gansey wools..yes the mythical Poppleton's of Harrogate.
Until next year.
www.propagansey.co.uk / check PROPAGANSEY on facebook for details.
Frame Knit Fishermans Sweaters January 20 2014
Coming soon..Hand frame knitted fishermans sweaters.
Based on our traditional hand knitted Yorkshire coast Gansey sweaters.
Using the same 5ply wool from British breeds sheep, knitted in Yorkshire.
Flamborough Sword Dance December 27 2013
Boxing Day and our yearly pilgrimage along the cliff top to Flamborough to watch the sword dance.
A cloudless sky and warm Winter sun bathing the chalk cliffs. Bridlington in the distance.
Worsted wool red hats and mini Ganseys for the juniors. Wooden swords at the ready.
Dog & Duck square Flamborough for a rousing finale to the days events.
Hand Knitted Fishermans Ganseys, white cotton trousers and cloth caps
for the men of the village.
The circle of life is complete. Another year passes and a new one begins.
Hand Knitting a Humber Star Gansey Sweater November 29 2013
Hand Knitted Humber Star Gansey Sweater.
The ultimate Christmas Sweater. Ready for a proud son of Hull.
British 5ply worsted wool, knitted from a 500g cone.
Harbour Flag pattern knitted across the chest in double Moss stitch.
Double thickness of yarn knitted into the first few rows of the ham
rib to give extra strength and better maintain the ribs shape.
Ladder stitch panel above the rib at the side seam.
Arm hole held on a pin ready for the sleeve to be knitted down.
Double Moss stitch panel to Gansey shoulder.
Last few rows of the rib cuff knitted on three needles.
Last job. Tying up the loose ends, carefully sewing the threads
back into Gansey.
Humber Star Gansey hand knitted in East Yorkshire by Katie Banks.
Vintage Original Flamborough Gansey October 27 2013
We were fortunate enough to be able to buy this extremely rare
example of an original hand knitted Flamborough Gansey sweater recently.
It's the finest vintage Gansey we have seen. It's a real museum piece and
a beautiful example of British heritage knitwear.
Woven name label sewn neatly into the back neck.
Bought from a local auction house and originaly belonging to
Mr.D.M.Burnhill from the small village of Sewerby a couple of miles down the
coast from Flamborough Head.
Knitted around 1940-50 in a 4ply wool, probably using the original
Poppleton's Gansey wool from Harrogate. This is a much finer yarn
then is available today. For the wearer the finer yarn means a denser
knit structure giving far better warmth and rain resistance. For the knitter
however the finer yarn means many more hours of knitting.
The Gansey must be over 50 years old and yet it has not lost any of its
shape and hardly any of its colour. The definition of the Net Mask & Cable
patterns is staggering.
The size is now a small, washed down and shrunk a little from what was
probably a medium when first knitted. The continuous washing by both man
and the North Sea have left the knit with a tight almost felt like structure.
It is easy to see where the phrase Fishermans Iron comes from.
This type of traditional hand knitting really would turn water.
Looking at the excelent condition of a Gansey this old and well made gives us
a glimpse of a time stretching away from us now. When clothes were made,
not bought and care was taken to ensure at least one lifetime of use.
Ahh the good ol days.
Shetland Pattern Gansey Sweaters September 09 2013
From the Archives - Island life North of the border, Och aye
Similar to the Yorkshire coast Gansey sweaters but generally hand
knitted in a finer 3 or 4 ply wool yarn.
Check back soon for more from The Shetland Isles.
Knit For Victory September 09 2013
British hand knitting patterns from 1940's. Keep warm and carry on.
Hand Knitting - Bridlidlington Gansey Sweater September 08 2013
Sunday afternoon 3rd fitting off our new hand knitted Bridlington Gansey
sweater and she's a purler. 5 ply worsted wool worked on five 2.5mm
needles, British breeds wool dyed and spun in Yorkshire.
Once finished should last a life time of even the roughest wear
plus can be worn inside out and back to front which is handy.
Close up on Kates handy work, Gansey sweater yolk panel.
Gansey pattern knitted down the arm as far as the elbow.
Then plain knit down to the 2 x 2 rib cuffs.
This Gansey is a size Medium, shown here on 38" chest stockman.
The traditional Yorkshire Coast Gansey patterns of Love Hearts run
through the centre flanked by Betty Martin, Cable & Net Mask patterns.
Deep 2x2 rib used at the hem of Gansey with the last few rows worked in
double thickness yarn for extra strength.
Just the last sleeve of the Gansey sweater to knit down from the shoulder
again in the round using 5 short 2.5mm needles. Check back in around two
weeks to see the finished Gansey sweater.
Hand Frame Knitting Video, Part 1 September 07 2013
Down to business. Hand frame knitting our new Autumn knitwear range of
Authentic Fishermans sweater at a small local factory just down the coast.
She's making it look easy but there's thirty years of practice going into this.
First body samples coming off the machines. Not in the correct wool yet.
This first sample is just to help work out the pattern and number of rows &
stitches needed. The finished fishermans knit sweaters will be much denser
and in Navy using 5 ply worsted wool from British breeds, spun & dyed in Yorkshire.
Hey what does this do.. Circular linking machine for joining the side seams.
No cut & sew here all the seams are hand link finished.
Lewis model 200, vintage Union Special used for sewing on cardigan buttons.
Pressing the knit panels flat using wood pads & steam bed to flatten the knit.
It's grey outside, but not in here. Cones of 5 ply wool yarn in every hue and colour.
Brutalism from the Hessle Foreshore, homeward bound Humber Bridge.
Check back in a week or so to see the finished Fishermans sweaters with the
sleeves added ready for our store.
Yorkshire Life September 03 2013
A flick through the pages of Yorkshire Life and the Dalesman circa 1950.
A new ship being launched into the river Hull near Beverley.
Unmistakeble tones of the factory floor in the foreground illustration
of the workers in their traditional British Workwear of around 1950.
North Landing Flamborough and inspiration for some of
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
A Mothers Pride - Hand Knitting a Gansey Sweater August 30 2013
Thanks again to Ben & Lynn at Walker&Walker for the great feature and profile on
Katie Banks Gansey Knitter.
Menswear shoot Autumn 2013 August 26 2013
Wayside Flower Autumn 2013. Collection preview behind thescenes at our
studio photo shoot. British made Menswear workwear and Gansey knitwear
Photo Shoot Flamborough AW13 August 26 2013
North Landing Flamborough, home of the East Coast Gansey.
They may have taken down the moated embattlements that once isolated
this Eastermost hook of the British Isles but the people here are still a breed apart.
Tractors are used to haul the cobles ashore and up the embankment safe
from the ravages of the North Sea. A role previously belonging to donkeys.
The Emmerson family who can trace their family back through hundreds of years
on these beaches are still fishing the waters off Flamborough Head. Now along
with the occasional tourist excursion to boot.