Monday, 9 January 2023

Saltcote 2022 No.10

The new Ecosal-UK has just been published. Saltcote No.10 Saltcote back issues

Friday, 23 December 2022

Christmas ecard for Ecosal-UK 2022

ecard we produced for Ecosal-UK 2022


Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Thursday, 6 May 2021

SPMA Congress 28-30 May 2021 - Talk accepted

 The Society for Post Medieval Archaeology have accepted a talk by Andrew at the 2021 Congress being presented online this year.

The talk will describe suggestions made by Dr William Brownrigg or Whitehaven to prevent the spread of contagious diseases in 1771.

Brownrigg delivered a paper to the Royal Society in 1748 on how to improve salt making in the UK.

The paper will describe the similarities about Brownrigg's suggestions in the context of the present Covid19 pandemic and measures put in place by the government to halt transmission.

For further information -

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Fair Isle Sweater unveiled Jan 2021

 Can now unveil the latest Fair Isle sweater knitted by Annelise.  

It's in a pattern book called the 'Vintage Shetland Project' by Susan Crawford.

Crawford transcribed the pattern from an original sweater in the Shetland Museum, which was knitted by a Doris Hunter for her fiance Ralph Patterson in 1921. They married and during WWII Ralph was captured and spent time as a POW in Japan, with his sweater.  

See link to the Shetland Museum archive.  Shetland Museum and Archives::Allover Shetland patterned jumper

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

"Salt on the Solway" webinar 29th October 2020

 Sign up for a talk describing the history and archaeology of salt making on the shores of the Solway Firth.

Talks by Andrew Fielding and John Pickin. 

Solway Coast AONB and the Solway Firth Partnership.

Web links to video recording of the talks

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Preparing to cut a Steek on Fair Isle sweater 'Ralph'

 This is the back of a Fair Isle sweater currently being knitted by Annelise. It is knitted in the round with the arm holes and 'v'-neck created by cutting a steek.

The pattern, Ralph' is interpreted by Susan Crawford in her book the Vintage Shetland Project from a sweater in the Shetland Museum archive. The original sweater was knitted by Doris Hunter for Ralph Patterson. It ended up with Ralph in a Japanese POW camp in Hong Kong during World War II.

The body pattern is knitted in the round, leaving a column of stitches to cut to make openings for the neck and the sleeves. The each side of the edge where the cut will be made is strengthened with a running stich.

Inside view showing the stranded knitting of the Fair Isle pattern.

Outside view before cutting.

The arm hole steeks after cutting. Now ready to pick up stitches and knit down the sleeves.