Saturday, 20 August 2016

Hand knitted dishcloths for Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind

In February 2016, someone I know who works for Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind asked me if I would knit some dishcloths for the Society to sell in its charity shop. The knitting cotton and pattern were provided. Thick needles and garter stitch made for an easy knitting experience: pick-up-and-put-down projects while dinner was cooking, at knit and natter sessions, and when not feeling up to knitting anything complicated.

I started knitting for the Society in February 2016 and made my first delivery on 2nd March. In exchange for a delivery was more knitting cotton (at my request). Deliveries of finished cloths and simultaneous collections of at first two and later three balls of yarn became a regular event until near the end of July 2016 when the Society said it had enough dishcloths from its team of knitters for the time being. I have asked to be notified when more cloths are required.

Two balls of knitting cotton made five cloths with yarn left over, and three balls made eight cloths with yarn left over. Yarn left over from a previous ball was used to start the next cloth so that none was wasted.

The photographs (in no particular order) show a total of 71 dishcloths made, plus at least another batch of five for which there are no pictures.

The first five. Two balls. 0+5 =5 cloths

Eight. Three balls. 5 + 8 = 13 cloths.

Nine. Three balls. 13 + 9 = 22 cloths.

Eight. Three balls. 22 + 8 = 30 cloths.

Eight. Three balls. 30 + 8 = 38 cloths. 

Eight. Three balls. 38+ 8 = 46 cloths.

Eight. Three balls. 46 + 8 = 54. 

Nine. Three balls. 54 + 9 = 63. 

The final eight. Three balls. 63 + 8 = 71.


Ball band. 


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Dyed in the Wool 2004

In 2003 renowned international artist and sports photographer Julie Henry developed the idea of fans from the 2003-2004 Premier Division football teams to design their own team cardigan and for these to be made up, photographed and exhibited. The cardigans were to invoke the 1970s memories of mothers, sisters, grandmothers and girlfriends hand knitting sweaters and cardigans for their men, which showed allegiance to their teams at a time when team footballs strips could not be bought over the counter.

Julie approached me to consider pattern writing and making the garments. Fans from eighteen of the then twenty Premier Division teams submitted their designs and initially I was responsible for the production of fifteen of these (Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Fulham, Leeds, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers), and later a replacement hand knit version for Portsmouth. Manchester United, Middlesborough and the original Portsmouth cardigans were pattern written and machine or hand knitted by Dolly Cross and her team.

Hand knit patterns were prepared for each team. Initially it was proposed that each cardigan had the same basic shape of a V-neck raglan with pockets and a centre front zip fastening. What I had not bargained for was the imagination of the fans, with designs from a single logo on the front to logos on the front, back, pockets and sleeves. Variants of the basic design therefore had to be allowed to suit the designs submitted. The colour motifs were charted by hand using ratio graph paper and these designs incorporated into the garment. Each garment was made using King Cole Anti-tickle merino blend 100 per cent wool Double Knitting. A team of hand knitters was gathered from all over the country and superb work was produced to a tight timescale. Grateful thanks are still deserved to all hand knitters concerned. I made the Charlton cardigan, finished off others returned by knitters, and later, in 2009, made another Arsenal cardigan for the One Shot! exhibition (see below). In 2014 I knitted a replacement Tottemham Hostspur cardigan.

The designs are the fans’ own and remain their copyright. Each fan produced an interpretation of their team as was in their own minds and expressions at that time.




HACKNEY MARSHES PHOTOGRAPHS
On a very cold and windy day in 2004 Julie and her partner Jim, daughter Emma, fans, cardigans, Dolly, myself and my husband Dave, and others all descended on Hackney Marshes football pitches for a photographic session. Where possible, the fan who designed their team's cardigan also wore it for the phtography. Julie and Debbie Bragg took some wonderful photographs copies of some of which I am privileged and grateful to have. Some of them accompany this text but remain Julie’s copyright and are used with her permission. Others were taken by David Hornsby and are published with his and Julie’s permission. Julie’s photographs form an integral part of the Dyed in the Wool touring exhibition alongside the actual garments.




ARSENAL
Designed by Colin Oliver.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Original cardigan hand knitted by Kneal Palmer.
Replacement cardigan hand knitted by Pauline Hornsby.

Original cardigan. Picture © David Hornsby. 

Original cardigan. Picture © Julie Henry.

Replacement cardigan (shown worn by the knitter). Picture © David Hornsby.

Replacement cardigan (shown worn by the knitter). Picture © David Hornsby.


ASTON VILLA
Designed by Cameron MacPhail.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Pat Cooper.

Picture © David Hornsby.

BIRMINGHAM CITY
Designed by Gareth Hay.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Pat Cooper. 

Picture © David Hornsby.
Picture © Julie Henry.

Picture © David Hornsby.

BLACKBURN ROVERS
Designed by Jim Chynoweth.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Julie Hurry and Pauline Hornsby.
Garment not available to photograph at Hackney Marshes or Millais Gallery.
See One Shot! Exhibition photographs and video link later in this post.


CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Designed by Claire Miles.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Pauline Hornsby.
Garment not available to photograph at Hackney Marshes. 
See Great Eastern Hotel photographs and One Shot! Exhibition photographs and video link later in this post. 

Cardigan photographed here worn by the knitter. Picture © David Hornsby.

CHELSEA
Designed by Chris Blaik.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Mary Brown.


Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © Julie Henry.

FULHAM
Designed by Dave Edwards.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Sheila Player.
Garment not available to photograph at Hackney Marshes.
See Millais Gallery photographs and One Shot!  Exhibition photographs and video later in this post.


LEEDS
Designed by Bill Armstrong.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Sheila Player.
Garment not available to photograph at Hackney Marshes or Millais Gallery. 
See Great Eastern Hotel photographs and One Shot!  Exhibition photographs later in this post.


LEICESTER CITY
Designed by Lance Tamlyn.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Catherine Bradbury.

Picture © Julie Henry.

Picture © David Hornsby.


LIVERPOOL
Designed by John Macleary.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Sue Christian.

Picture © Julie Henry.

Picture © David Hornsby.


MANCHESTER CITY
Designed by Rob Pottle.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Carole Thacker.


Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © Julie Henry.



MANCHESTER UNITED
Designed by Stephen Cross.
Pattern written by Dolly Cross.
Knitted by Dolly Cross and her team.

Picture © Julie Henry.


MIDDLESBOROUGH
Designed by Jonathon Ridley.
Pattern written by Dolly Cross.
Knitted by Dolly Cross and her team.

Picture © Julie Henry.

Picture © David Hornsby.


NEWCASTLE UNITED
Designed by Rob Hamadi.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Knitted by Rita Taylor.


Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © David Hornsby.


PORTSMOUTH
Designed by John Portsmouth FC Westwood.
Original Design: Pattern written by Dolly Cross.
Knitted by Dolly Cross and her team. No picture.
Replacement Design: Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Mary Brown.
See Great Eastern Hotel photographs and One Shot!  Exhibition photographs later in this post. 


SOUTHAMPTON
Designed by Paul Ansell.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Daphne Borgelin.

Picture © David Hornsby.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Designed by Darren Southee.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Elsa Clubb.

Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © David Hornsby.

WOLVERHAMPTION WANDERERS
Designed by Jon Free.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Joan Kendall.
When the wearer's arms are outstretched upwards, the letter W (for Wolves) becomes apparent on the front. 

Picture © David Hornsby.

Picture © David Hornsby.


MILLAIS GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHS
The first exhibition of the cardigans was at the Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute, in 2004. In addtion to the actual cardigans, including some that were not available for the Hackney Marshes photoshoot, there were large copies of some of the photographs Julie and Debbie had taken. A booklet of knitting patterns accompanied the exhibition. 


FULHAM
Designed by Dave Edwards.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Sheila Player.


Fulham front. Picture © David Hornsby.

Fulham back. Picture © David Hornsby.


PAULINE HORNSBY, JULIE HENRY AND HER DAUGHTER EMMA 
AT THE MILLAIS GALLERY

Picture © David Hornsby.


GREAT EASTERN HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHS
In May 2006 the cardigans were exhibited at the Great Eastern Hotel at Liverpool Street Station, London. 

ALL GARMENTS

All garments as seen looking upward in the void of the spiral staircase
at the Great Eastern Hotel. 
Picture © David Hornsby.


LEEDS
Designed by Dave Edwards.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Sheila Player.

Leeds front. Picture © David Hornsby.

Leeds back. Picture © David Hornsby.


CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Designed by Claire Miles.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Pauline Hornsby.

Charlton fan Tony with Pauline Hornsby
discussing the Charlton Athletic cardigan.
Picture © David Hornsby.


PORTSMOUTH
Replacement design.
Designed by John Portsmouth FC Westwood.
Pattern written by Pauline Hornsby.
Hand knitted by Mary Brown.

Picture © David Hornsby.


FOOTBALL SCARVES
For the Great Eastern Hotel exhibition, I also knitted two football scarves in the same yarn as the cardigans, one in red, white and black for England, and the other striped in team colours used in making cardigans. These were given as raffle prizes. 

Picture © Pauline Hornsby.

Picture © Pauline Hornsby.

OTHER EXHIBITIONS
The Dyed in the Wool exhibition has been on tour to Italy, USA, Folkestone, Unravel at Farnham, London and Belgium. As far as I am aware, it has been well received.

ONE SHOT! EXHIBITION YOUTUBE VIDEO
The Dyed in the Wool cardigans were part of the One Shot! Exhibition dedicated to contemporary art and football held at the B.P.S.22 in Charleroi, Belgium from 6th March to 11th July 2010. See the One Shot! Link

ONE SHOT! EXHIBITION PHOTOGRAPHS
The photographs show 15 of the 18 knits. from left to right: Wolverhampton Wanderers (not in view), Leeds United (not in view), Leicester City (not in view), Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, replacement Portsmouth, Southampton, Middlesborough, Birmingham City, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal.

Picture © Julie Henry.

Picture © Julie Henry.