I first learned to knit from my sainted grandmother about 40 years ago. She knit mostly blankets, gloves and socks in simple stockinette with the occasional cable. I knit a bit as a boy but let it go as I was looked upon rather oddly back in the early sixties. I got back to it 25 years later when I moved out to the countryside and began raising sheep as a hobby. I taught myself to shear (badly), spin and dye the wool. That era is now also in the past, and I was away from the wool again for some years. Now living in the city I found myself craving to spin and knit again, so finally I gave in and dragged out my old equipment a couple of months ago. I had to relearn things I had forgotten. The spinning came back quickly. I spun up a bunch of yarn ( rather unevenly, but that's ok for relearning ) bu then mad the mistake of dying it up with RIT dye. I spent weeks knitting a cardigan ( my first ) which came out like something produced by Omar the tentmaker as I skipped knitting a gauage swatch. But that was ok as it was a practice exercise. The big disappointment was when I washed it and the color faded and left it looking like something that had been well worn for twenty years! Presently I am spinning up some more yarn from wool which I have dyed with a good quality acid dye, and will then knit another cardigan in stripes of deep purple, slate blue with a black trim. I am blending together wool, silk and mohair on my drum carder for this yarn.
I have made the decision to jump straight into seamless knitting as soon as I've finished the jumper I'm currently knitting. All Simon's explanations notwithstanding, I still can't figure out the method from the arm gusset upwards. Can anyone on MWK recommend to me books and on-line assistance? In addition, I'm looking for patterns, especially for a baby jersey in-the-round; I find it psychologically kinder to knit something small before attempting a full-size garment in this completely foreign method.
Also, for those of you who've already successfully knitted in this fashion, can you advise me on the length of the needles for both the arms and the body? And, do you start the sleeves with DPN's and then switch to circ's or do you use a very short circ?