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Sam Kleinman
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Posted - 08/05/2006 :  7:48:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sam Kleinman's Homepage  Send Sam Kleinman a Yahoo! Message Send Sam Kleinman a Private Message
So this desert island business is perhaps not the bet idea, given that I wouldn't want to be stuck on an island where I couldn't use woolen garments. So lets just pretend that it's a more temperent but equally isolated knitting enviroment.

If it were an actuall desert island (a climatic imposibility, btw) I'd probably have to say something like Cascade Fixation or Rowan Calmer. But i'm going to take wool, because that's the way it should be done.

Here are my inclinations.

US Size 3 needles, probably Addi or the new Knit Pix verity. Hopefully we'd get varios itterations of a single size, because it would be nice to have double points in addition to circulars.

The book, would probably be Alice Starmore's fair isle knitting book, becaues it has a lot of charts, a number of patters, and a bunch of different shapes which could keep me happy and inspired for a long time.

My other thought is to bring "anatolian stocking designs" because I find almost all of the patterns to be enguaging, and I can design a lot of different kinds of garments, so the patterns are really key. And this is the kind of text that I think I could adapt to use on anything. Color work gloves, sweaters, and even lace...

The yarn would probably have to be either shetland jumper weight, or Koigu KPM/KPPM. Probably the second option. I figure you want something lighter in weight: It provides more knitting time, and you get the ability to double the yarn to knit bulkier objects.

From this I could knit anything: shawls, sweaters, both light weight pullovers and heavier weight stranded and doubled pullovers.

A sport/fingering weight tencel/merino blend would be nice, but I'm not sure that such a thing exists....

Anyway, this is a cool thought experiment. Anyone have thoughts or comments?

And secondly, what does one's desert island stash tell you about them?

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Posted - 08/07/2006 :  09:28:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message
Excellent point, Sam - no way I would be able to knit with qiviut if it were 102 degrees and sunny all the time. And if I do get sent to a desert island, you can bet I'm taking lots of q with me!


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Posted - 08/07/2006 :  11:54:20 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Great point. I would want it to be cold for my sweaters but have enough food on it so I could survive so I could knit.

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Posted - 09/05/2006 :  11:24:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit csutliff's Homepage Send csutliff a Private Message
Wait...what animal does chocolate come from? and coffee...we need to rethink this what to bring thing...can't we be stranded with knitting stuff and caffiene? Pretty PLLLEEEAAASSSEEEE!!!

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