|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
Monday, October 28, 2002
Today was the first day of Kathryn Alexander's workshop on knitting with energized singles. It's quite a challenging class. We spun a variety of singles yarn in S- and Z-twist, knitting the resulting kinky, twisted yarns into various swatches. Things got really complicated when Kathryn asked us to knit alternating stitches between Z- and S-strangds. We did this with fully relaxed singles that Kathryn provided to us as well as freshly-spun 62-count wool singles. Add to this the fact that, when knitting with S-spun singles, you have to reverse the direction of your knitted wrap in order to prevent additional twist from entering the yarn--well, you get the idea that knitting my samples took every ounce of concentration I could muster.