Baggy, soft sweater with patterned welt and collar
This is a traditional English Guernsey, knitting in traditional 5-ply wool. They are knitted on very small needles and produce a water and wind-proof fabric. The patterns differ from village to village and family to family. Only the top of the sweaters carry a pattern as the rest in hidden by dungarees. The arms are usually short so as not to get waterlogged and cause chaffing. Traditionally the wearers initials are knitted in just about the welt. They are always knitted in the 'round' and the arms knitted from the shoulder down.
Knitted these last year to a 1940's Norwegian Knitting Pattern in English Guernsey 5-ply wool. Very warm indeed!
These are a pair of socks knitted in German Regia Wool. Print-dyed, it easily knits to a pattern as if by magic!
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Are any of you members of the TKGA? (The Knitting Guild Assocation; http://www.tkga.com) I've considered membership off and on for a few years now but I've never done it. I have and am still considering doing their master knitter certification program. What are your thoughts on this? IMHO, the TKGA is decidedly woman centered, but I guess I should tell us all something we wouldn't already know.<
Ok so its my first time and somethings are good tight- but not when you cast on!! arrrgghhhh!!!
So I sat down with my supplies to attempt my first hat. Nice alpaca yarn, two skeins, not wound into a ball or in a workable roll, just skeins. I had hand wound some yarn I spun myself so i thought no problem, I will just make a ball by hand. It seemed like in seconds I had a mess of yarn. Fighting the urge to pull hard I worked the length I had into a ball, worked it through the maze, wound some more, worked the maze, shook it, wound some more. As I type this I still have a mess but this is me taking a break so as not to get even more frustrated. I will be taking the second one back to the store and having them wind it on that thingamajig that does it in seconds versus the hour or so it will take me. Sigh.
Gentlemen, (and lady lurkers)
Martin put me up to this, so here goes!
Here is a question to ponder....Is there something about fine, high-end natrual yarns and fibers that does, in fact, enhance the knitting experience....or is it just as pleasurable to knit with man-made fibers? The real question...are you a fiber snob and why????
Talk amongst yourselves....and then let us know