Tina hates rain. It frustrates her and I have acted as a door man all day long letting her out or in. You might wonder why don't I just tell her to make up her mind. I have. And she has made up her mind but has kept changing it. My husband says it is because the dog is a she... I have tried to ignore her but she has a loud voice and she won't hesitate to use it. Because she is a she. She is extremely cute. And she knows it and gets away with mostly everything... because she...
I wonder if I called for this cold front since I cast on for a pair of mittens on Friday night. I don't want to count just how many things I have started during the past week. I'd rather not tell about everything but then I would not have anything to write about. Next week I will concentrate on the ones on the needles already.
The post of the wrist warmers made me want to try twined knitting again. I had to try this fair-isle technique on twined knitting and it really makes sense there. This is how twined knitting looks on the right side.
Here the back side.You have two yarns in your right hand and one ball, the other end comes from the inside and the other from the outside of the same ball. You alternate the yarns all the time and the new yarn goes always over the one that was just used and eventually you have to unwind them. When you are using s-spun yarn you keep adding twist to the yarns and the outcome is not as nice as with z-spun yarn. With small projects I have been told it is tolerable but if you are making a sweater you should try to find z-spun yarn.
This knitting takes some time but the fabric is very durable and not as stretchy as in usual knitting (good for embroidery) and it is thicker too. I think that twined mittens are the best kind of knit mittens. They knit up quite quickly and seem to keep their shape during the long winter. For normal everyday socks this knitting would be too heavy I think, but where extra warmth is in need they are valuable.
To knit a sweater or a cardigan with this technique takes lots of madness. You should prepare yourself for months of unwinding yarn. I have knit one sweater and I think I had my sweater on the sofa for eight months. You knit with circulars and use scissors if you want to have a cardigan. I would love to have a cardigan, line it with a wind stopper and use it as an outerwear. I don't know if I dare to confess but... I have a plan and I am counting stitches and rows...
Tina is at the door. I must go.