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.
St. Andrew's Fish Dock in Hull, Film 1962 September 08 2013
This film shows men working on St. Andrew's Fish Dock in Hull and the methods of their work.
It provides an interesting look at this side of the fishing industry in 1962.
Watch the film at: http://ow.ly/oFmop
A trawler (The Lord Hawke, Hull) is moored alongside the dock. Baskets of fish are transported via a series of pulleys and ropes. They swing across from the ship on to the dock where men catch them and empty the fish in to buckets. The buckets are then wheeled off in carts. This sequence provides good footage of the unloading process and the dock workers from various angles. There are close-ups of the pulleys as well as the halibut on the floor. The men wash down the metal trays and pile them up. Baskets of fish are pulled up from holes at the side of the docks. Baskets of ice are emptied into the water, and some of the fish can be seen having been dropped out of the baskets.
There are vast rows of buckets of fish, and a man in a white coat stands on top of the buckets inspecting them. On one bucket full of fish, there is a “Birdseye”, “Newington” sign. There is also a bucket with “Jackson Mills” and “Chappie Animal Feeding Stuffs” on it. On the docks, the fish are being gutted and having their bones and heads removed. A man climbs up the mast of the trawler and throws something down to a group of men in white coats. There are scenes of wolf fish being deboned and their skins being removed.
Trucks back up towards a warehouse, and one truck has “Bogg & Son Wholesale Fish Merchants” on its side. In the background another truck pulls off. A man starts to load up the trucks from the warehouse, and there are more scenes of the dock workers. The trawler and dinghy pull away from the dock, and two men can be seen on board. Several halibut are laid out, and a man drags one away. The film closes with different trawlers going by including the “H329 Somerset Maugham.”
- See more at: http://yorkshirefilmarchive.com
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.
Little Denmark archive footage, part 1 September 04 2013
Watch the video at: http://www.yfaonline.com/film/little-denmark-part-1
LITTLE DENMARK, PART 1
A film documenting the work of the R.N.L.I at Flamborough, the film also shows a day in the life of working fishermen out of Flamborough.
The film opens with shots of Flamborough Bay followed by an introduction to the contributors who are shown in close up.
There is footage of the outskirts of Flamborough followed by scenes of the village including St Oswald’s Church, ruins of Flamborough Castle, and the War Memorial where a British Legion Service of Commemoration takes place. Service members lay a poppy wreath on the memorial. Views of Flamborough High Street include the Royal Dog and Duck Hotel, and the Ship Hotel. Many cars can be seen in the village, and a lady walks by pushing a pram.
The next scene features the Fishermen’s War Memorial and a Flamborough Sword Dance display. This is followed by a view of Flamborough Head where both the old and new lighthouse can be seen, and the lighthouse keepers are introduced. Views of South landing and the old lifeboat hut can be seen, and there are families enjoying the sandy beach.
A crowd is gathered at the North Landing for the annual Lifeboat Flag Day. People in fancy dress and crowds gather to watch the demonstration launch of the lifeboat. A helicopter drops a flare as part of the event.
The next portion of the film focuses on the fishermen who make their livelihood out of Flamborough. The day’s catch of crabs and lobsters are hauled up the beach at Flamborough and loaded on to vans. George Emerson and his brother show us a day in the life of their fishing vessel, the Silver Line. At sea they haul in baskets of lobsters and crabs. Back on shore, they bate the lines with mussels and whelks for the next day. Out on the boat there is long lining for cod and haddock. The fish are then prepared for gutting, and the livers are kept for cod liver oil. Seagulls swarm around the boat as it heads for the North Landing to bring in the day’s catch.
See more at: www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com
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.