Thrifty Scots. One currently selling on greedbay at 30 GBP and climbing.
I was thinking of getting one of these, how are they sized ? I am a 39" chest.We've just had the first batch of our new commercially made (in Scotland, of course) RAF Comforts Committee Roll Necks delivered, even though I say so myself they are absolutely brilliant, virtually indistinguishable from the hand knitted ones we've been making for a few years and at a saving to the customer of almost £100 each, retail on these is £165 and that's in the very best
10 ply Guernsey 100% wool, available in Air Force Blue and/or Natural
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This is the one you need, we used this pattern for our hand knitted version. They show up on ebay quite often
Describe what you mean by turtle neck? There are so many interpretations of that term
The neck/collar on these is tall with a fold over, ie Roll Neck
Same as in the pattern, these are not to be confused with the dreadful RAF "Frock" sweater
Ain’t that the truth! World of instant gratification, I want it & want it right now.Remember, this is Britain, where every craft from 9th century catapult building onwards has a clutch of devotees. Whereas in the US, it's all part of some industry where good business practices demand all unused machinery, tools, plans and employees be scrapped, pulped, shredded and written off before lunchtime or people will dump your stock like it's got Ebola.
In the world of heavy horses [big horses developed and bred for agricultural work and heavy hauling] which is one of the many things I'm involved with, many people in the UK have turned to products that are still made in the States by and for the use of the likes of the Amish. There are few old style harness, collar makers, wheelwrights etc over here, what ones there are are true crafts people who continue the kind of work that was once common in every town and village in the land. As always handmade products always come at a high price.Remember, this is Britain, where every craft from 9th century catapult building onwards has a clutch of devotees. Whereas in the US, it's all part of some industry where good business practices demand all unused machinery, tools, plans and employees be scrapped, pulped, shredded and written off before lunchtime or people will dump your stock like it's got Ebola.
Another of the young kids at Aero is so skilled at hand sewing she can hand stitch a label into a jacket so neatly that nobody could tell it's not been machined, and to show that talent is not handed out evenly, she's also one of the best leather machinists we've ever had.
This thread has reminded me we do have the best set of kids right now that we've ever had, now if only I could get them to stop showing up for work wearing jeggings.......................
Much to my chagrin over the years we've had to phase out virtually all the vintage Singer machines in favour of Japanese repros, all down to the demise of good mechanics and our geographic location, 4 hour round trip from Glasgow and the last source of quality mechanicsAin’t that the truth! World of instant gratification, I want it & want it right now.
My old shop, before the fire in 2010 ruined everything was fully equipped with older machinery. Every bit of it was free to me, given by a friend who worked at FL Power. Seems they had budgeted for new equipment & the old stuff was to be buried in a hole or destroyed....