Few years ago the Nordic Knitting Symposium was held in Vaasa, Finland. I took there a class by Annemor Sundbo (as if the Annemor Sundbo of Setesdal Sweaters). The class was about drop spindle spinning with Norwegian wool. I did not do very well in the class. I did not impress even myself. It might have happened easily that I would have dropped the spindle for the last time then haven't I received a beautiful spindle as a gift from Carol Rhoades (as if the Carol Rhoades who writes these great articles on spinning in the Spin Off magazine).(I was indeed in a very good company!) I came home with all the left over wool from Annemor's class (she was most generous and encouraging) and with the new spindle.
That summer I would sit at the steps facing the lake in the early morning sun and spin. By the end of the summer even my husband was impressed.
I did not take a class of twined knitting in Vaasa. There were few knitters very much into this knitting and they were knitting every chance they had. On a field trip in a bus I was sitting next to one very nice lady who knit twined mittens. It looked absolutely fascinating. I had never seen anything like that in my whole knitting life. I had to learn this technique. So what I did was I sat few minutes next to various knitters watching and taking notes. All the knitters were very happy to show me what they knew. Thank you so much if any of you are reading this. That way I collected bits of knowledge. I could not accomplish much with my knowledge but enough to know that I had to learn more. Then I was told to get a book of twined knitting called Tvåändstickat by Birgitta Dandanell and Ulla Danielsson. It was long gone from the markets but my library found me the book.
I did learn to do twoendknitting the same summer I learnt to spin with a drop spindle.
The process was low. About eight hours of knitting and two centimeters of a mitten. I'm honest. See, I had always held my yarn in my left hand and now the yarn was transferred to the right hand. And I had to manage not one, but two yarns with my stupid and unwilling right hand.
At the time I did not know where I could buy z-spun yarn that is needed in twined knitting. But no worries. I had my spindle. I was going to produce all the yarn needed with my spindle. About eight hours of spinning and four grams of usable singles. (Later on I found Anne-Maj Ling and her site).
That summer flew past while learning these new things, trying to find all the imformation for the twined knitting and trying to get even yarn with the spindle. What made it so enjoyable was the challenge to do it by myself. It would have been easier to wait for the next time to be able to take a class in twoendknitting but I did not want to wait.
The days came colder and shorter and the autumn crept closer. I had not accomplished very much. I guess this is more or less the only thing that materialized during the long summer days. One pair of wrist warmers.
The yarn (silk and wool blend) was made with a drop spindle, the knitting is twined knitting and then some wool embroidery. I was following my own image, not a written pattern, and the needle size was 2 mm.
So be warned, I have a calling for colored knitting with a techique that is described in this site (there is a short video of the technique) and where you knit with one yarn in your right hand and one yarn in your left hand. It is a totally new way for me to do it. My colored work has always been with the yarns in my right hand, I have been uncomfortable doing it and have not been good at it. But this technique produces such a nice stiff and sturdy fabric that I have to learn it. While learning I'm probably not going to get anything good done in the near future. But I'm very excited, very happy and anxious to get to my knitting. There is nothing to see yet, but you have to trust me, I have been very busy. Hope you don't get bored. You might have to wait until August before I have anything worth showing.
Would you like to see beautiful knitted lace? Check these beautiful doilies.
The weather? Really, I don't care at the moment, I'm looking solely at my knitting. But now that you mention, the lake is waving, there seems to be some rain and wind. Perfect for color work.
You all have a nice week end!
PS. The Lett Lopi colour in the Eris cardigan is called celery green heather and the number is 9421.