A Good Vintage!


We were privileged to have the vintage knitting designer and historian, Susan Crawford, with us for the day on Saturday (23rd March 2013). Touch and go as the weather was up to all sorts of tricks! However, Susan made it from the frozen North and 26 of us convened in the morning for a fascinating talk about Susan’s life in vintage design, the research & writing of the two volumes of A Stitch in Time, and ending with us being allowed to paw and pore over the knitted garments she’d brought – and even try them on! It was absolutely riveting – she was so knowledgeable and generous with her expertise.

In the afternoon, 14 of us reconvened for a vintage knitting workshop, working with Excelana, Susan’s own yarn brand – a beautiful, subtle vintage colour palette in 4-ply and double knit from British breeds & spun in Devon by John Arbon Textiles. The participants started knitting a vintage style tea cosy specially designed for the occasion by Susan.

The whole day was punctuated by lashings of tea, coffee, cakes and cucumber sandwiches using authentic vintage china. What a great day! We’re hoping to lure Susan back again next year – watch this space!