Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Why is hair gross

when it's floating around loose, falling in the soup or clogging the drains; but not gross when it's attached to your head? Is hair "gross" or "not gross" when it gets worked into a WIP? On the "unanattached=gross" it would be the former. But in Nordic Knitting, Susan Pagoldh explains that in Denmark human hair was blended with wool to lend strength to socks and mittens. And she has a photo of a contemporary sweater, which is not gross at all, knit with flax and blond hair spun together. Maybe if it's handspun it's automatically good, no matter what fiber you put into it.

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These are definitely nice, on or off the stem





3 comments:

YarnThrower said...

Hmmm... You bring up some things about human hair which I've never contemplated..... I always thought it would be charming to knit even one of the hairs from my head into a sweater for dh (though I'm confident I've already done so unintentionally)... It's ended up in soup, too, though, if I find it first, then if they don't ask, I don't tell...

MollyBeees said...

Gorgeous poseys. The Victorians used to weave beautiful jewelry out of stands of their diseased loved ones hair. I've seen a few at antique shows and they are beautiful!

Cindy G said...

I'd forgotten about the hair jewelry, and now that you mention it, I've seen framed floral wreaths also made with hair.