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Sharon Mc
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 12/06/2012 :  6:49:00 PM  Show Profile Send Sharon Mc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is a thrum? My dictionary says it to strum and stringed instrument, but somehow I don't think this is it. Even though a knitting thrum has strings/yarn!

Sharon McMasters

ikkivan
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2012 :  11:51:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sharon, "thrums" are small pieces/tufts of wool fleece or roving knitted into items such as mittens or house slippers to make them extra warm. On the outside, the mittens (that's what I'm knitting now) look as if they have colorwork dots or "lice" scattered over them (usually sort of a grid pattern), but on the inside, the fluffy loose ends become felted to the inside of the fabric to make a very warm and windproof lining ... sort of like lining your knitted item with sheepskin!

Try a search for "knitting thrummed mittens" or something like that and you'll see lots on the Internet as well as Ravelry. I understand the origin is from Newfoundland and Labrador, but I figure anyone in really cold climates has done something similar.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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donnawatk
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Posted - 12/07/2012 :  04:50:16 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank You Ikkivan I didnt know what it was I was like Sharon, looked it up.Donna
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Kade1301
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France
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Posted - 12/07/2012 :  06:48:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For weavers, thrums are the ends of the warp thread that you can't weave off (between 10 and 100 cm - or thereabouts - depending on loom and technique used). Which, for wide weavings, or weavings with fine thread (i. e., a large number of warpe threads) adds up to a shocking amount of yarn to throw away - or recycle somehow.

So now I wonder: Were thrummed mittens (or socks etc.) originally knitted to use up thrums from weaving? Sounds like a perfectly good idea to me (for the moment I'm just collecting my thrums... )

Happy knitting - and weaving! Klara

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ikkivan
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USA
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Posted - 12/07/2012 :  08:23:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Klara, yes, I believe you are exactly right about using up the thrums from weaving to make these knit-in tufts in mittens and such ... at least based on what I've read. We should be so resourceful today!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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