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The Tension Square

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When running the knitting workshops, we often encounter groans when asked to do a tension square. The lovely 93 year old Flo Boswell shared this delightful poem with us which I now share with you and calmly I rest my case!

I had a sudden brainwave on how to earn a packet,
I sat down with pen & paper and designed a lovely jacket.
I started with a tension square, the first seemed short and fat,
My second one was long and thin, so I’d had enough of that!

I decided not to bother with a tension square at all,
I carried on regardless, throwing caution to the wall.
Now my creation’s finished, but I don’t know what to do…
Because I’m looking for a customer five stone & eight foot two.

So let this be a warning, have patience and take care
When you’re in the creative mood, remember the tension square!

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Thanks to the LoveKnitting Blog for these images.

Our new workshop dates will be published as soon as our new shop is finished.  Things are progressing well and I’m buying the flooring today!

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  1. Pauline Hornsby: May 19, 2017 11:45 am

    Just love this post. And I agree: a tension swatch is a MUST.

  2. tracy.birch: May 19, 2017 4:46 pm

    Thanks Pauline, glad you like it

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