Saturday, November 06, 2010

Z is For...

Well, here we are at the end of my little excursion though the alphabet and I hope you had fun with it. I did! and today we have the final Z is For...

Z Twist: Clockwise or right twist which is inserted into the fiber by spinning with the drive wheel turning towards the right or clockwise. The angle of twist inserted matches to
the / line in the letter Z.

Twined knitting is worked in the round, according to Anne-Maj Ling, author of Two-End Knitting, using two ends from the same ball of yarn (or one strand from each
of two colors) and throwing with the right hand. The ends are alternated stitch by stitch, and the strands are twisted around one another in the process. First, one stitch is knit with the first strand of yarn, then the other end of the yarn is carried over the top of the first strand to knit the next stitch. Each strand is carried over the previous one in this way as the strands are alternated producing a dense, warm fabric.

Due to the twisting of the strands, Two-End Knitting is traditionally worked using Z-plied yarn. A standard S-ply yarn will become more and more tightly twisted in the knitting of a piece, causing a more obvious bias of the stitches and the piece itself if the twisting should become too severe (most of the yarns typical to handknitting are
S-Ply – see the links at the end of the post for references regarding S-ply vs. Z-ply yarns).

Z is For...zeal

1. excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end; "he had an absolute zeal for litigation"
2. a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"
3. Passionate ardor in the pursuit of anything; eagerness in favor of a person or cause; ardent and active interest; engagedness; enthusiasm; fervor.
4. To be zealous.

5. plenty of vigor
6. fervour
7. eagerness
I especially like definition #3 as we hope to have Zeal for what we create! I often
fell zeal to complete a project. It is wonderful to feel that passion in pursuit of a project.

Z is For..
ZigZag Mitts and Hat

This is really pretty! Z is For..
ZigZag Lace Scarf

Well, I have to go get Joe at the hospital after his back surgery now. Talk to you all later!
The back surgery seems to have gone well by the way!

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