Author Archives: yorkshirecrafter

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.

A swift way to wind yarn

I wound the first of my five new skeins of Dundaga yarn the other day, with it draped around my knees. Funnily enough, I couldn’t persuade anyone to hold their hands out for the eternity that it took to wind … Continue reading

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Dundaga wool – excess baggage from Latvia

We’re just back from a cycling holiday in the Kurzeme region of Latvia. It was blessedly flat, mostly cool and occasionally damp, and we saw an awful lot of pine trees. We started and ended in the capital, Riga, which … Continue reading

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Learning 3D CAD

Last week I posted about the yarn winder I’m intending to make from an old drill. I’m expecting to have to 3D print some plastic parts for my winder, and in preparation for that I’ve been learning a 3D CAD … Continue reading

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Repurposing an old drill

Some time ago I went to a vintage fair in Wiltshire and came home with an old hand drill. Apart from the fact that it’s rather lovely, I had an ambition to turn it into a yarn winder some day. … Continue reading

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Too wide a stripe

Despite the fact that I posted a pic of this nearly-finished pair of socks last week, I only noticed when I reached the ribbing a couple of days later that the stripes weren’t matching in the upper half of the … Continue reading

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Socks and cushions

I’ve made the first of the cushion covers with herringbone-stitch fronts. The pattern was Fisherman’s Pillow and the yarn a super-chunky from Hobbycraft called Group Hug which is no longer available. I’m not entirely happy with this cover, because the … Continue reading

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