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RE: [SCA Newcomers] Devices before AoA

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  • Karen Pate
    Now, that’s just cool! Cym _____ From: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Judith Greanwood Sent: Monday,
    Message 1 of 10 , Feb 26, 2007
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      Now, that’s just cool!

      Cym



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      From: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Judith Greanwood
      Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 2:50 PM
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Devices before AoA



      [image: Pair of socks Unknown 300-499]
      Object
      Pair of socks

      Date
      300-499

      Techniques
      Nålbindning (sewing stitches) wool

      Artist/designer
      Unknown

      Place
      Egypt

      Dimensions
      Height 25.5 cm
      Length 18 cm

      Museum Number
      2085&A-1900

      These socks were excavated in Egypt at the end of the 19th century and are
      the earliest knitted items in the V&A's collection. They have a divided toe
      and are designed to be worn with sandals. The socks are knitted in stocking
      stitch using the single-needle technique and three ply wool. Textile
      historians often find it difficult to tell whether early knitted objects are
      made like this, or with more than one needle, as the finished articles are
      so similar in appearance. Dorothy Burnham, who looks very closely at these
      items in her article 'Coptic Knitting: An Ancient Technique',Textile
      HistoryVolume 3, December 1972, describes the process of single-needle
      knitting:
      "Each stitch is formed by sewing the extreme end of the yarn through the
      work, and then tightening the loop until it sits next to the stitch
      previously formed." This type of knitting, which is a slow technique more
      like sewing, was a forerunner of the faster method of knitting with two or
      more needles.

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