Everything else was done at home - which is where my visions of looms in the bedrooms come from. However, when machinery was designed that took care of the carding process - the combing of wool to open it up, essentially the same thing as teasing your hair - women welcomed it into their lives. This task had traditionally fallen to the children and was a tedious and thankless job.
Between the two world wars, all the other district mills in Scotland vanished. Somehow, Knockando survived and local farmers were bringing fleece here all the way until the 1960s. Duncan Stewart was in charge by this point. He switched over from water power to electricity and welcomed three young men from England who were interested in the old ways of doing things. One of them was Hugh Jones, who wound up taking over for a retiring Stewart. With no previous experience at all, he became a master and is still the head weaver at Knockando today. The problem was that he had no customers and, as only one man with not even familial support, he struggled to maintain it all. That's where the historic societies stepped in, the private donors and a BBC television show called "Restoration," which gave the cause an audience.