Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eastern cross stitch

I am coming to like ECS. Some years ago, I tested samples and decided it was inherently too porous to make a good fabric for fishing and sailing garments. However, it makes a great fabric for socks.  It has some real virtues.

It can be produced with short DPN and a long knitting stick, or using the hooked needles of the shepherds.  Both approaches will  produce an excellent fabric.

Hooked needles work well when standing or walking. The DPN/sheath work when sitting. The DPN are ultimately somewhat faster and more ergonomic.  But, if one is going to be walking and standing, then a bit of knitting is better than no knitting.

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