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Knitting Through Time - Oxford Yarn Store

Knitting through time

Knitting is as old as the hills it seems - or at least as old as the ancient Egyptians. According to the evidence of some fancy Fair Isle (of sorts) sock knitting, we can trace the early spread of knitting via migrating peoples from the Middle East to Europe and then beyond. Good job all of this happened before the era of aviation when suspicion around the intended use of knitting needles might well have put a halt to its proliferation. Never mind the loss to civilisation (or at least to knitters) if borders had been strictly enforced by world leaders who forgot that they or their ancestors were themselves migrants once. Fortunately for us we can share our habit with people from different cultures and backgrounds, even though we might raise an eyebrow when they tension their yarn around their necks or take scissors to their Fair Isle knitting. Globalisation means that we now take all of this in our stride and continue to learn from one another.

One thing that seems common to knitters ancient and modern is what we want to produce. Socks, scarves, shawls, hats, gloves and all manner of fancy versions thereof have occupied knitters from ancient Egyptian times until now. To this end - and with 6 weeks' knitting time until Christmas - we have been sorting out lots of patterns to make accessories for gifts or for oneself. Come and see us for supplies and/or ideas, some of which you can see below. The great thing about projects of this type is that you can pick a yarn and a skill level that suits you. 

We are looking forward to having Karen Cox in the Store tomorrow afternoon to talk about her World War 1 quilt that is on display. She created this extraordinary memorial to her ancestors who were killed in the Great War. After exhaustive research over many years she found out biographical details of many relatives as well as their ocupations which are represented in the quilt. Karen will be here from 2-5pm on Saturday afternoon November 10th.This weekend is a time to remember the sacrifice made by a generation. You will not find a more fitting tribute to them than Karen's knitted quilt.

May you find inspiration across time and distance - Happy Knitting



  Workshop spaces

We have spaces available on next Tuesday's Colourwork Knitting Workshop in the Store.

Call 01865 604112 to book of for further details.

Colour Work Knitting

Learn the basic techniques used to achieve beautiful two-coloured knitting. We will explore a range of knitting techniques that can be used to introduce colour into knitting including slip stitches and intarsia. Knitting will be done 'flat' on straight needles.

Date: Tuesday 13th November

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm 

Price: £55

Skill Level:  
Skill Level: Intermediate skill level.  You should be comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing).

Materials Needed:  4mm knitting needles and two balls of DK weight wool in contasting colour. Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK or Rico Merino DK are rececommended.

  Customer knits

Karen has just finished this superb poncho from a pattern by Churchmous Yarns and Teas. It is knitted in Rowan's Felted Tweed but suits other yarns and comes with or without the cowl collar. Perfect for all occasions! Also the easiest and best TV/Car/Zen knitting ever as it's just a long rectangle!

Here Karen models a hat knitted by James in Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace. It's the cosiest hat imagineable and we have James's pattern free with the yarn purchase. In fact we have made up a large folder of hat patterns to make selection easier!

Gillian is in contact with us on a regular basis all the way from Spain! She has knitted this lovely Marie Wallin pattern from Rowan Magazine 63 in Summerlite 4 ply.

James is modelling these wrist warmers that he has made just one ball of Rowan Cashmere Tweed. We currently have this yarn in fabulous shades on special offer! And the pattern is free. (Yarn normally £7.50 per ball currently £6.00)

Camilla - always up for a knitting challenge! - is pictured here in a stylish cardigan with cabled cuff details knitted in Malabrigo sock yarn. 

Nicholas is a lovely gentleman who lives in Tonbridge. He ordered from us some Rowan Pure Wool DK from which he made this baby blanket for his grandchild and a scarf.

Here is a shawl knitted by Susie for her daughter in black Isager Alpace 2. The photos hardly do it justice as it is a very generous sized square shawl. Just gorgeous!

Modelled here is a Brioche scarf knitted by a participant in James's recent Brioche knitting class. Tres chic!

OYS must be at least partially responsible for the best turned-out grandchildren ever! Here are some sweaters knitted by Karen David for grandson Barnaby

Claire has knitted this beautiful cardigan using Isager Silk Mohair and Spinni yarns.  The pattern is Like a Cloud by Jojilocat on Ravelry.

Susie (seen further above) has also knitted this shawl in 3 shades of Sweet Georgia Cashlux Fine sock yarn.  The pattern is by Kate Davies from her Haps book.