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19. March 2012 18:23
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Banyan Tree Socks... one down and one to go!

19. March 2012 18:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Banyan Tree Sock Numero Uno

For Sock Knitter?s Anonymous this month... I decided to play along for the first time in about a year.  I used to try and work the mystery sock or KAL at least a few times a year with that group, but had fallen by the wayside when I was sick last summer with the pregnancy.  You are supposed to challenge yourself and pick something that you will learn from, etc.  I know these aren?t exactly rocket-science socks for me... but my main personal challenge is just to Knit.  Do a few rows here and there.  Make time for myself in a hectic day with a newborn, even if it?s only 10 minutes here and there, it does all add up.

One of the themes for Sockdown March was Cables... so these socks fit the bill! 

Pattern:  Banyan Tree Socks by Debbie O'Neill  (available for free over on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Solid in Peapod

Overall: 

- very well written, and a really fun knit!  I wanted to make something simple enough that I might actually be able to complete them within the 60 day time period... but not something boring.  Why is it that it takes me longer to knit plain ribbed socks than it does to do all over lace?  I figured this pattern would be just right... with a taste of leaf lace, some reverse stockinette, twisted stitch columns, and some pretty 3 stitch cables.  I started the second sock last night and finished the twisted rib cuff, and am into the leaves already.  I will definitely be able to complete these by the deadline of the end of April!  Now I?ll need to find a second pair to cast on!

13. March 2012 13:00
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Erato ? completed!

13. March 2012 13:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Even with the hectic new mommy schedule... I managed to finish my Erato Shawl :)

Erato Blocking

The blocking this time was actually a snap.  I was worried about color bleeding, but there wasn?t a drop of red dye in my rinse water, so I didn?t worry too much about the bed.  I just threaded the wires through the points and eyelets and pulled the shawl out into a phoenix wing shape and left it alone.  Sometimes it?s easy to get carried away with trying to block perfectly.  I just don?t have a lot of time for that right now, so no-nonsense was the way to go :)

Erato center lace hearts 

I really liked the center lace panel in this shawl... the YO?s on back side rows took a little getting used to, but after messing up the first one enough times, I marked my chart in red ink and was able to keep an eye out for them next time.  I find the lace motif looks like the human heart... complete with Aorta and Vena Cava branches.  I don?t know if this was on purpose, but a valentines day shawl with Actual Human Hearts on it?  pretty snazzy

Erato wing blocking

I also really liked the ruffle section... as you can see, it?s kind of like finger braids with eyelets, and little webbed portions between them.  I think they really look like wings, maybe webbed dragon wings?  I also love the glow and shine in this yarn.  Delicious texture, even on plain stockinette.

Romy Mar 8 2012 with Erato Shawl

As I was taking the shawl off the bed from being blocked... I walked by Romy, who was just waking up from a snooze.  So, as I usually do, I passed her the shawl and said ?Hey, Hold this for Mommy will ya?? and turned around to grab something else.  When I turned back she was playing with the shawl and smiling her little heart out.  This kid just cracks me up :)

27. February 2012 10:09
by Jobo
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Silk and Satin… Angora

27. February 2012 10:09 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've made a little more progress on my silk/satin angora project idea…

the Silk:
- Honey colored natural Tussah Silk – which I figured would match the satin angora perfectly… and it really really does!

the Satin:
- Beautiful naturally colored Satin Angora fiber from Twist of Fate Family Farm Bunny "Lady in Red"
- Nice long staples, smooth draws into lace, light beautiful halo.  Addictive.  I could spin this alllll day, every day.

Spun: 
- very fine laceweight, one ply of each delicacy, spun on light Zebisis Designs stone whorl spindles
- Small sample knit to do a swatch and test... 60 yards.  Seems to be just right for the pattern
- so far, spun half of the angora, did not weigh it though, so guessing.  I have approximately 300 yards of fine single... I might do some silk next so I can do some more knitting when the fancy strikes.
- The color of the silk and the angora are absolutely perfect for each other!

Pattern:  Frozen Leaves by Anusla
- as above, I wanted something that could be easily made larger or smaller depending on how much yardage I get.
- I really like the airyness of the swatch, and the light halo that is coming out.  I wanted the lace to be really light and open because I know the angora will be extremely warm.  I also decided to try adding beads, though I’m not sure I chose the right ones… I’ll have to ponder it longer before I add more in.  I can always break the two I put in and have them gone if I want.

The pretty:

frozen leaves swatch

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