Archive - Dec 15, 2006 - Forum topic

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Kilt socks

...finished my Kilt socks a week ago...and wore them last night to a big Christmas dinner. They're knitted of a double strand of merino wool...#5 & #6 needles....my own adaptation of a basic sock pattern...
...it took a while to get the stitch count so the cables wouldn't be too streched out at the calf...
..there are decreases at center back which make nice chevrons of the cables...
This is my second pair... knitted a pair for my son for last Christmas and liked them so much I did a pair for me... just started a grey alpaca pair for me, yesterday...they may not wear as well...but they feel great while knitting...

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KNITTING LANGUAGES.

(this is copied from the new Lacis newsletter)
Now that lace knitting is coming into its own, American knitters are discovering a whole new world of lace knitting publications. Many are dismayed to find that some of the most beautiful patterns are written in German, Danish, Italian, Estonian and other non-English languages. Kaethe Kliot and her husband Jules were an important force in preserving many wonderful German patterns for kunststricken ("art knitting") and making them available to English-speaking knitters, and over the years and Lacis has become well known as a source for hard-to-find lace publications, as well as tiny needles and fine yarns and threads, so we at Lacis feel a special connection to this particular art form.

Now we are pleased to offer a wonderful resource for those who want to explore these patterns but have been impeded by the language barrier. The revised version of KNITTING LANGUAGES by Margaret Heathman is just the thing we all need. It gives bilingual lists of knitting and color terms that translate into U.S. English from Danish, British English, Estonian, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish (as well as reverse lists that translate from U.S. English into those languages). In addition, there is a very helpful explanation of the various ways patterns are presented in various countries. Even though there's not a single pattern in it, this is the best addition to my lace knitting basket in a very long time.