Wednesday, January 25, 2006
King Tut era knitting
Tickets for the Summer King Tut Exhibition being held at Chicago's Field Museum went on sale yesterday. I'm going! Apparently the oldest pieces of true knitting were found in Egypt. They were socks worked from toe to ankle. Knitted in 2-ply cotton, of course, finer than fingering weight. The gauges of the surviving pieces are 12-20sts per inch. Eyestrain must not have been an issue for these folks.
Oh it will be so fun if any of them are displayed. I think I will knit a special pair of socks to wear with sandals when I go. Indigo was the color most used. Must go now. Need practice walking like an Egyptian. Co-incidentally found the young Al's artwork yesterday, in an art portfolio I kept from their young school days.