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10. June 2012 14:51
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Catching Up – swatching again

10. June 2012 14:51 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I’ve been knitting, honest! I’ve just been having a hard time getting to the computer what with the baby, and the release of Diablo III… I just never seem to get on here!

I’ve started swatching for another project… this time a sweater for Romy from some delish Alpaca fleece I got in a care package from Stella (over at Twist of Fate Family Farm)

Alpaca for Romy's sweater

The yarn is DK weight…. a blend of lovely Fawn Alpaca and Merino (60/40) spun into a traditional 3-ply yarn.  I really like how the wool gives that little extra bit of bounce to a lush soft yarn :)  The buttons are natural wood, and match just perfectly…. though I’m not sure if I will be dyeing the yarn in the end or not.  Beige is a lovely color, but for a teensy little girly, maybe not the most appropriate color?  I can’t remember where the buttons came from, but they are Guttermann brand, so likely bought somewhere where sewing threads are sold…

I have a few ideas for pattern, but I doubt I’ll be knitting the sweater exactly  according to any particular design.  You know me… I have to mess with things, and I rarely follow a pattern exactly anyways :)

12. October 2011 03:58
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Magic Mirror Mittens

12. October 2011 03:58 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Finally!  Having a new camera means that I can start showing off the more recent projects I've finished! 

I wanted to make a special gift for a really nice person for Christmas... preferably handspun mittens... but I knew that I just wouldn't have time to be starting something so detailed so late in the year.  So I decided I'd just pick a really classy pattern and buy some extra nice yarn and go from there.  I know it isn't quite as special as a completely custom design with handspun/handdyed yarn, but I hope this person really loves the mittens anyways.

Magic Mirror Mittens 1

I decided to go with a long-time favorite mitten pattern - Magic Mirror by Kristel Nyberg.  I've been admiring this pattern over on Ravelry for quite some time, but had not gotten around to making a pair.  I rarely knit with Sport or DK Weight yarn, so I think that was the main inhibiting factor as to why I had never tried them.  I love the way that the mittens are covered with cables - from cuff to fingers.  And of course, the backs are plain (read: easy and straightforward) so at least half of every row was a basic easy knit.  All of the cables are charted, which always makes the process easier for me since I'm such a visual knitter. 

For the yarn, I decided to order a few skeins specifically for this project.  I had been planning a Knitpicks order, so I just went with it and bought 3 skeins of Andean Treasure - 100% Baby Alpaca Yarn in "fog heather".  I figured that the extra warmth and softness of the alpaca would make these thinner mittens even more cozy.  I wasn't sure how much to order... but in the end I made each mitten out of a single ball of yarn, and used the third one only for the thumbs.  I suppose if I had shortened the cuffs by one cable twist repeat, I would have had enough with just two balls (but I'd have been really annoyed to find that out after having knit an entire mitten!)

The reviews on the yarn were mostly positive - "Knitting with Kitten" was my favorite comment.  So I hoped that it would be plenty soft, and not scratchy like some other alpaca yarns I have worked with (AhemBERNATalpacaCOUGH) and was not disappointed.  There is a little bit of gentle halo but no scratchy bits. 

Magic Mirror Mittens 2

The finished mittens blocked out quite nicely, and fit my hands perfectly.  I seem to have average ladies shaped and sized hands, so I hope they will fit the intended recipient just fine.  I worked the mitts on a set of KnitPicks Circulars, which was a first for me for mittens.  I've done lots of socks on Circs, but never really had the proper sized needles to do mittens.  I was quite pleased with the ease of working in the round, basically magic loop style, and the no-ladders finished look.  I will definetly look for more sizes of circs to make mittens with, especially for next time I do colorwork mittens.  I think this method would be perfect for something like a fiddle-head mitten or a Norwegian style mitten since I found the last time on DPNS, I had a hard time hiding the places where the needles separated.  I had loose and tight stitch ladders that even blocking wouldn't even out in some places. 

All in all - a great knit, great yarn, and beautiful finished mittens!  Scratch another holiday gift off my list!

16. May 2011 09:59
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Yarn Candy Monday: Living Vicariously...

16. May 2011 09:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My knitting Mojo has taken a serious hit... so there hasn't been a lot of new knitting or new spinning going on in the last few weeks.... so This week - I bring you Beautiful Wooly Wonders that I Do Not Own!  Though these beauties are on the short list for items to buy when the budget allows:

Alpaca/Merino/Silk Roving from Woolgatherings

image I absolutely love the cheery Greens, Blues, Teals, and every shade in between!

No 31. Equinox Superwash Merino/Bamboo Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

imageThese Great Greens and Yellows just scream Spring!

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