Reminder to self

Engraving, H.W. Couwenberg, Rijksmuseum Holland


“If we can learn to trust our own fingers again, then ‘Made by Hand‘ may [be]come a label infinitely more chic than ‘Made in Italy’.

– Polly Leonard, founder of Selvedge Magazine


Summer Road trip: Textile Museum

“Hausweber” means ¬†“Houseweaver”. The Textile Museum, Nettetal, Germany.

The Textile museum in Nettetal is called “Die Scheune (the barn)” in a lovely old building close to what was previously the toll close to the Dutch border. This area along the Rhine is still a prosperous agricultural area (flat fields and wooded area stretch for miles and miles inviting you to get out a bike, and get rolling!).




Images from The Textile Museum; Spinning wheel from De Pannekookehuus (The Pancakehouse).

Earlier, among other things, a lot of flax was grown in the region. Linen was a commonly used fabric. If you wanted it white, then you had to send it off to Antwerp to have it bleached. Of course the Antwerper craftsmen kept their trade process a secret, and built up a thriving trade, in part making the city the bustling trade centre it was and still is.


Stash: This was your life


The very act of bringing all my stash together made me realize that Stash Therapy can be a cool way of looking at life. First off, I had all this yarn tucked away in three different rooms, not including a container in the cellar. So bringing it all together, is also a bit of consolidation. I can remember, for the most part, how I came by each ball and skein.

I can see how my relationship with knitting took a turn from buying cheap discounter yarns, to higher quality, to organic wool. I can see the risks I’ve taken, trying out non-wool blends, linen, cotton, alpaca-silk.

You’ll see some knitted things in there as well. Those are things I’ve made, and am perfectly willing to frog them and reuse the yarn, if a more interesting idea pops up.

I’ll be doing a Stash Therapy challenge later this month with some Internet knitting galpals. So, I’m excited to have it all out in the open.

Next steps: unpacking and grouping them by colour.