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alison
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 1:08 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

HWH,

How long do these last, with normal wear. They look great.

hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
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Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Alison

I have about fifteen pairs and some of them are more that 8 years old. I do have to darn them sometimes, but at least they're worth darning because they are as good as new. I wear them all year round and mostly wear boots, wellies and sandals.

I'll ask some of my pals how their socks are doing and post some replies.

HWH

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another darner! I thought we were extinct............ I find it very therapeutic.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Making up problems can be avoided by knitting in the round and grafting. That's something for you to look forward to! True Ganseys are knitted with no seams! (Ganseys are like arans, but usually navy worsted yarn with ornamentation only on the shoulders and at the welt.) Bet you didn't know there was so much technical codswallop to knitting! When I taks some pics. I'll post some of my work.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blimey this is turning into the downsizer hand knitters club. Jolly good

mochyn



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, I got fed up with all the techno-speak! At last I've found something I know about!

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well all that knitting talk is the same to me, so carry on...

By the way what is a worsted yarn?

alison
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 05 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I knit mine on 4 needles, so no seams, but I have only had them for about 18 month and younger (I have a sock permenently on the go, in the car, while waiting at school)
I always darn my good boot socks, or proper jumper elbows, but these days shop socks just tear into a big hole they are not worth doing.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Traditional British knitting is one of my hobby horses - more on the Ganseys. Worsted yarn is spun from a wool with a long staple - makes it stronger. Wool for Ganseys is quite often oiled as well in order to help the waterproofing; the sleeves are longer than usual to keep wrists dry. The patterns are distinctive to each area - patterns knitted in the north east will differ from those in the south, and quite often vary/varied from port to port. Thus, when a fisherman drowns, it is easier to discover where the poor soul came from due to the patterns on his Gansey. Initials are quite often worked in as well. The patterns are based on everyday items in the fishermens' lives - ropes/cables, nets, wave patterns etc. They have knitted gussets under the arms to facilitate easy movement on the boats. Knitted from good quality wool, they will last for years.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sarah D wrote:
Worsted yarn is spun from a wool with a long staple


Ta, I've always wondered

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And a long staple is.....?

hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love darning too Sarah, but not too much! I loved your explanation about the jumpers, I don't think a lot of people realize the history and significance behind them.

Tahir, I note a certain in your voice. A long "staple" is a long straight length which means the spun yarn is stronger because the staples are wound around themselves to make the yarn. So you can pull at the wool and it doesn't break easily.

A short staple gives a fluffy but weak yarn (like angora rabbit) and the longer the staple the stronger the yarn (some acrylics would cut your finger off before they broke!)

Angora has a long staple, but is crimped (there's another thread somewhere... ) which makes it strong and comfortable to wear at the same time.

It also is a dream to dye.

Here's a link to show what I mean:

http://www.totalfrance.com/france/gallery/irene

HWH

PS Can you tell Sarah & I went to the same textile college folks?

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hardworkinghippy wrote:
Tahir, I note a certain in your voice.


Not me, worked in textiles since I was 10, just never got round to finding out what a worsted yarn is. I can tell you combed from carded at 10 paces

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 05 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Need a bit of advice the missus is knitting a chunky scarf in a jersey knit, how can she stop it curling in? Or is that just the nature of the stitch?

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