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  • knitting1105 5:47 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Roc Day 

    Distaff

    In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.

    In honor of Roc Day, or Distaff Day, I have resumed spinning.  The resumption of my spinning had nothing to do with the day originally, I had not been spinning in a couple of months.  Or did it?  Perhaps I subconsciously knew.

    St. Distaff’s Day; Or, the Morrow after Twelfth-day

    Partly work and partly play
    You must on St. Distaffs Day:
    From the plough soon free your team;
    Then cane home and fother them:
    If the maids a-spinning go,
    Burn the flax and fire the tow.
    Bring in pails of water then,
    Let the maids bewash the men.
    Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
    Then bid Christmas sport good night,
    And next morrow every one
    To his own vocation.’

    Spinning my favorite fiber from Fiber Optic.  This is Wild Thyme Gradient, Merino and Silk.

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    I like the subtleties of this color palate.  Will make a good spring shawl.

     
  • knitting1105 2:43 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Koigu Twisted Mitts 

    I have finally published my first knitting pattern!!!  It is really nothing much, but I am using it as a prelude to trying to publish a more complicated pattern.

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    I made 3 pairs of these mitts for Christmas for 2 sisters and my daughter.  I loved the way that they hug your hand (and the Koigu yarn of course), so had to make a pair for myself.

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    The twisted rib is really the key to these mitts working so well.  They fit most size hands, and really hug nicely.

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    Knitting with size 1 needles produces a nice dense fabric as well. Not to mention the gorgeous colors of Koigu.

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    Download your copy of the pattern:

    Koigu Twisted Mitts

     

     
    • Yvonne 3:59 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i printed your pattern but I have a couple of questions. First of all I love your mitts and they are a bit longer covering most of the fingers length.
      1. Could I do your pattern in a small 9″ circular? I still find knitting with dpns a bit combursom and for that reason I started also doing socks on 2 24″ circulars.
      2. I knit in an Eastern European style much like Eunny from the TV so my Knit stitches are always from the back. So when I read “K1 tbl” do you mean to say just do one knitt stich through the back loop?
      3. The 24 rows you refer to are the cuff, correct?
      4. What is tubular bind-off and can I do it not using dpns?
      Thanks for your great effort to write, take pictures and publish your blog.
      Tom says hi and sorry for being a bad correspondent. He is doing 3 jobs and I am trying to help him by being his unpaid secretary besides my music jobs now that the kids are not living at home anymore. School for both of them is in MI for James at Interlochen and still Glasgow for Alexandra.
      Hope you are doing great as you are a real inspiration to me.
      Take care.

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      • knitting1105 4:23 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yvonne, thanks for the nice comments. I will try to answer all of them.

        1. You can knit any way that you like, either don’s, 2 circulars, or using the Magic loop. You just want to be able to knit a small tube.
        2. If your stitches do not already look twisted, and you knit in the back look, then just reverse it and knit in the front loop. I am assuming that your stitches are set on the needle with the back leg first. A twisted rib is not a requirement, just makes it more snug.
        3. 245 rows for the cuff, but as with any of the measurements, you can adjust them as you see fit.
        4. Tubular bind off is essentially a sewn bind off that is very stretchy. Let me cover that in my next post!

        Thanks!!!!

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    • Yvonne Creanga Cockrell 5:49 pm on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks!

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