some excerpts from a document on historical knitting:
In England, knitting expanded rapidly in the 15th century, and at the beginning of the 16th, a number of strong Knitters Guilds were formed. A long and difficult apprenticeship was rigorously regulated: it took three years, after which the apprentice, now called a Companion or Journeyman, was to spend another three years working and studying elsewhere. After this six-year period he was admitted to the rank of master artisan upon the completion of:
A rug measuring eight by twelve feet
A shirt or jacket of wool
A pair of wool slippers
All this work had to be executed within thirteen weeks.
The rug had to be of a complex pattern composed of leaves, flowers, and birds, stylized in a conventional fashion and using twenty or thirty colors. This would not be the floor rug we know today, but a tapestry to adorn a wall
It is a curious fact that knitting, in the Middle Ages and even earlier, was a masculine craft, while women spun the yarn
for the larger part, my experiences with the chatbox has been very helpful...especially Mmario! the guy knows so much stuff! anyways, it's kinda sad that a few fellows mistake someone simply being nice with "romantic intentions" when i get time, i'm taking that crack about "i knit to sublimate romantic frustration" out of my profile. i thought i was only being humourous but too many seem to think it is some kind of an invitation. i'd like to think most folks are here for the knitting and the camraderie.
Getting my second tattoo hopefully this afternoon. Gonna have to think about how I can incorporate the MWK symbol into my next one! :-) Is the design copyrighted? Do I need permission to get it tattooed somewhere on my body? :-)
I'll let you know how it goes this evening!
Too work at the estate or not to work. I've strained my trapesius muscle and lifting stone doesn't sound like such a good idea. Maybe I'll finish those designs and KNIT. Yeah, that's the ticket.
(And flirt with guys on BMB.com)
I have a very important class for my Apparel design degree on WEDNESDAY! My usual knit night. I'll miss gossiping with LARS! And the beer, and the naughty conversations with the girls over the needles. It TOTALLY SUCKS. (But the class: marketing for the apparel industry, is surprisingly good: The teacher is fast paced and really sharp. He totally ROCKS!)
Fighting the flying: The bane of all woolen knitters and especially us spinners as well who live in the county is wool-moths. But the smell of Mothballs is almost as bad. The best solution that is bearable, I find, is to make sure that woolen sweaters/ handspuns are stored clean. It was recommended to me that you put sachets of dried lavender or whole bars of "Irish Spring" soap (still in the box) in with your knitwear and yarns. My flat smells like a freshly washed rugby team. (I don't mind). And the sweaters have that fresh outdoorsy masculine scent that makes me think of rugged, burly, ginger-bearded men showering nekkid in the bushes.
Well boys, I was cleaning out the spare bedroom yesterday and I opened this piece of Halston luggage that I had not used for years and an entire sheep fell out!
I hid that yarn well!!
picture of me with tote is cuz my knitting store had a contest and I won. Not a bad tote. I need something to keep all the tons of little scraps together.. My problem is that I am not organized enough to know what the little tiny remnant is. So if its not cascade, it wouldn't felt, and stuff and so I'm not quite sure what I"ll do with all my little remnant balls and stuff. Any ideas? Thanks
Since OU had an off weekend, I spent the weekend felting. Had 2 purses and a pair of felt clogs to do. purse on the left is one from "Pursanalaties" I'm not sure if that's the right spelling. Its a combo of Cascade 220 and Noro Silk Garden, and the purse on the right is from Blacksheepbags and is called a "Boogie" Bag or something like that. It is just done in Plymouth Outback. The felted clogs are the fiber trends ones just done in cascade. The felting seemed to do much better in a top loader. I think that's how I'm going to felt from now on. I have a machine at my office. So I did continuing education and felted at the same time! Killed two birds at same time! Anyway, I'm happy with how they came out.
Tracey Ullman was interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition today about her new knitting book. It was good to hear the knitting content, but they essentially cast the craft as the exclusive domain of women. Anyone else care to correct their assertion? Text and audio can be found here, and they have an e-mail generator for people who wish to respond to any content from the show.
I am on my third time 'round on this shawl - the first was an experiment to see if I could do it; the second was an attempt to figure out what I did on the first one (which I botched - though the result was nice) - see Thread on another forum for lots of babble regarding both).
This third atempt got side-tracked as well - it is pretty similar, but not the same. I need a secretary!
There are links to pictures of both the first and second attempt on the other forum. Hopefully posting this here will make me get off my duff and take a picture of the current incarnation.
Here is the new scarf I started last night ... Winter is coming.
Thanks for all your nice comments to my yarns www.handpaintedknittingyarns.com.
Because it is for retailers, you are at a loss ordering. Easy: I offer only to all menwhoknit guys the drop ship price, to save big. Print the drop ship order form, fill in, fax or email.
(I hope, it is OK to say this here.) Thanks guys and have a good stitch.