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Making hi vis cycling legwarmers

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The CultureCycle hi vis legwarmers are made from 100% wool and are knitted on a 1980s Bulky 8 knitting machine. All of the finishing is done by hand. Here is the process Setting up the machine   As you can see, there are two types of yarn used. The first is 100% wool with a very fine elastic and the second is the wool with reflective yarn wound throughout. Once the cast on is done, reflective yarn is knitted for 20 rows, then the yarn is changed back to normal and shaping is done manually as the legwarmer is knitted....

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Water proof Hi Vis Cycling Cape Development

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When I first started CultureCycle, the early products were reviewed by a well known British podcaster, Hoxton Handmade. One of her comments was that it must not be as wet in Australia as it is in the UK. Since then I have been trying to find a way of making stylish reflective crochet and knit cyclewear that could be worn rain or shine. I've tried treating knitted fabric with waterproof sprays and even had some success with linseed oil. This was not practical though, unless you enjoy smelling like a new piece of IKEA furniture. I've tested four different waterproof...

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Updating website - some high viz in the meantime!

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Posterous is shutting down so I'll spend the weekend migrating content to a new site. In the meantime, here are some samples of the products I've been working on! [caption id="attachment_166435644" align="aligncenter" width="201"] Protect yourself from the sun and remain visible[/caption] and this fantastic patternwork using a 1970s punchcard, wool and reflective yarn [caption id="attachment_166435645" align="aligncenter" width="300"] wool and reflective yarn punchcard sample[/caption] some nice new socks [caption id="attachment_166435646" align="aligncenter" width="300"] woollen men's high viz cycle sock[/caption]   and my favourite, a new men's hi viz woollen punchcard scarf Hopefully website launch will be painless. Please contact me at

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Getting ready for Xmas!

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8 months is a long time to be away from social media, but then, learning to machine-knit again takes time. In February I bought a 30 year old knitting machine; a ribber followed soon after and approximately 500 hours of prototyping later, I now ha...

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Thunder and lightning: when not to run a cycle tour

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I've had to cancel the Cycle and Design tour this weekend. I'm not too happy about it but the Bureau is predicting thunderstorms on Sunday morning and after Thursday's sudden storms, I'm not willing to take the chance. I don't know the origin of t...

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