March 9th, 2009

Inu Knitting

Knitting Project update (mostly notes)

Gauge: 6-7 spi on 00 needles, 10 rows = 1 inch

cast on 68. row 1, k across. row 2, p across. repeat rows 1 and 2. row 5-11 k across. row 14: k across needle 1 until 3 stitches remain, psso, k1. needle 2: k1, k2tog, k across until the last 3 stitches on needle, psso, k1. Needle 3 k1, k2tog, knit across.

k across for one inch.

Repeat row 14 (60 stitches remain) This is about 1/2 of the cuff before shaping for the base of the hand.

Intention: knit for one inch. check with hubby's hand to see if needs to be reduced 1 more time (for me, I would reduce 1 more time). If not, continue knitting until cuff is 4 inches long.

So now I have the cuff half way there.  I've spun about half of another bobbin of yarn, just in case.  I know I have enough yarn to knit one mitt, but I really have to do the second one!

One of the things that I have been doing is pulling the carded wool into long pieces of roving, and winding them up into spirals about the size of a large cinnamon roll...so that's what I call them...cinnamon rolls.  It takes about 15-17 of those rolls to make a spool of yarn, and then I have to ply it.

This is where a ball winder comes in handy.  I have a hand cranked ball winder, and when the spool is done, I wind it off into a ball.  Using both the center thread (like with a pull skein) and the outside thread, I ply it by twisting both ends together, so I don't have to use two balls of thread or a lazy kate (which is a device to ply from multiple spools.  You ply it by turning the spinning wheel in the opposite direction than what you spun the yarn in. 

According to my research, most of the existing socks and such from the 18th c were done on two ply yarns.  I wouldn't be shocked to find that some folks used a similar technique to do their plying with.