Monday, June 26, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
A very odd title for a post on a blog about knitting and crocheting. I freely admit that. But I recently read an article about what motivates people. Specifically the motivation behind Gilligan's Island, what caused it to be, Sherwood Schwartz in college was intrigued by the politics of how people get along with each other and wondered what might happen in a confined space or on a desserted island. This sparked a thought of naked and afraid and what I could bring to the table in a situation something along those lines. Then the thoughts turned to.....if I was on a dessered island what would I want with me?
I suppose it would be futile to want a boat to get off said island. So if I could have only a foot locker full of yarns and tools, what might it be? I know right now that list would change over time.
I think if the island is tropical, I would appreciate linen, cotton, hemp in dk weight and finer.
I would want a couple of Barbara G. Walker's stitch dictionaries. I think Ann Budd's book of patterns for any size yarn would be great. I would want a complete set of circular needles and a complete set of crochet hooks. I would have to have 2 crochet stitch dictionaries of comparable quality. I would also want a comparable book of crochet patterns like Ann Budd's for knitting. I don't know if these exist. But these are what I want. With basic pattern templates and stitch dictionaries, you can usually create anything.
In another time I might do this with a different climate. I know I can come up with a boatload of ideas
Friday, June 2, 2017
But besides the fact that we were both right (angle of perception has a great deal to do with what you see and think you see), it gave me pause to consider. Am I shortchanging students in knowledge? Better still, does anyone care? I figure yes we do care. Possibly this discussion is suitable for intermediate students though,
Sock yarn is yarn that is used to knit or crochet socks. That is the base answer and while true is also untrue. Sock yarn should be slightly stretchy. It has very definite crimp in the fiber allowing for a lot of twist in the spin, thus allowing a lot of twist in the plying. Sock yarn, if they are to be worn in shoes, is almost always fingering weight or a light fingering weight. Much more and shoes won't fit over the foot and sock. But is the goal for boot socks? Then heavier weight yarn can be used. Is the goal for bed socks or house socks? Still heavier yarn can be used.
Fingering weight yarn on the other hand is any yarn that has 19 - 22 wraps per inch (how many times the yarn wraps around a ruler or pencil or any even object in an inch) and knits up at a gauge of 7 - 8 stitches per inch. It is fairly fine but not thread like. The fiber may or may not have a lot of crimp. The yarn may or may not be highly twisted. The plying will match the twist.
On the surface, they seem to be one in the same. But consider this. All the sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, you name it don't have near the friction that a sock does inside a shoe, or even just being worn. We don't walk on sweaters or shawls or hats. This means that all that extra twist is more surface area for the yarn to wear evenly. You won't get a wear hole in the sock nearly as fast as a yarn that doesn't have all that twist. This is an important thing to consider.
The shawl that is done in fingering weight yarn will usually have a lot of drape. Fiber and gauge have a lot to do with this, but so does the amount of twist in the fiber as well as the amount of twist in the plying. The shawl done in sock yarn but the same gauge and fiber won't drape as much.
So what is your preference? Did you know there was a difference??