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9. February 2010 14:08
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Obituary: Killed by Socks!

9. February 2010 14:08 by Jobo | 5 Comments

Yesterday evening, February 8 2010, in her very own kitchen just before supper - The Double Pointed Needler officially succumbed to fatal sock-inflicted injuries. 

death socks on! 

Carefully crafted from Knit Picks Illusion yarn, the weapons were soft but swift.  These alpaca babies were definitely not skittish about meeting strangers.  They leapt from the carefully addressed and delivered yellow envelope and quickly and permanently wrapped themselves around the victim's feet.

envelope of death The Needler is reported to have slouched in her chair immediately - out of pure handmade sock pleasure.  Also, added to the tragic package to soften the beastly blow were 2 beautiful bars of Ghirardelli chocolate (one with dark chocolate and caramel, the other milk) and a tube of Burt's Bees Honey lip balm.  A kind note accompanied the assassin's sockly treasure offering condolences - but no apologies - for socks well knitted and games well played.

When contacted for comments, the Needler's Husband refused to speak with our reporters, but admitted his sadness and sense of loss over the whole fiasco.  Though he thinks perhaps now that there are no further rounds of insane sock assassination missions, perhaps his wife might be able to finish his afghan, which has been in progress for far longer than any pair of socks he has ever seen.

 

death socks booty

From the grave, The Double Pointed Needler sends out a very heartfelt Thank-you to both Dore and DevilSticks for their excellent sock grenades which fit perfectly, are a lovely color, and will be worn many many times :)

14. December 2009 11:05
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Yarn Candy Monday: Alpacas of Newfoundland!

14. December 2009 11:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

We went on a fantastic trip to Newfoundland for a Family Wedding back in October (09) and I got to go and visit an alpaca farm while we were there:  Alpacas of Newfoundland!alpacas of nfld yarn

The farm itself is located right alongside the ocean, on a little peninsula with a fantastic view… we arrived in the off season, so thankfully the owner arrived home at just the right time so we could get a little tour and check out the gift shop too.  The animals were very inquisitive and came right over to check us out as soon as we got out of the truck.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring my camera, so I don’t have any live pictures… but believe me, each one had their own unique personality… I couldn’t get over the big brown expressive eyes :)

I purchased 2 x 50 g balls of their signature 100% Alpaca Yarn (Approximately sport weight) in a natural white color to try and make some mittens with.  This yarn was made in Peru and is super soft.  When knit up it will have a gentle soft halo (I got to see some mittens made from this in the gift shop)

We also managed to try on many Alpaca-made items (hats, mitts) and see lots of other things you can make from Alpaca Fiber:  Pelt rugs (which would be heaven on bare toes!) and alpaca duvets.  All in all, an alpaca-filled day!  (and the store sold Scotsburn ice cream… mmm)

Here is a little buddy that came home with me to remember the visit…  I call Him “Al”

                 alpacamascot

26. November 2009 12:03
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Custom Cabled Mittens: "Ciaran"

26. November 2009 12:03 by Jobo | 5 Comments

This year for Christmas, I was asked by Mark's Grandma to make her some cabled mittens with some alpaca yarn we bought over in Newfoundland on a family wedding trip.   This yarn is 100% Alpaca, and super soft.  In fact, it might be the most luxurious alpaca yarn I have ever come into contact with (shudder at memory of Bad Bernat Alpaca yarn... ewwww) 

So of course, I offered to oblige and set out to decide what kind of mittens to make.  I surfed for patterns, and looked at other projects online and didn't exactly see what I wanted.  The yarn is about sport/dk weight, so the pattern needed to be a little more detailled than just one cable down the back (as a lot of beginner cable mitten patterns)  and I didn't want to go so far as to make the super-insane cable/patterned mitts (a-la-Jared-Flood Druid Mittens - which I love, but to be completely honest, If I ever make these they will be for Me and Me alone). 

I realized that I would have to wing it.. and set off on my own.  I also decided to keep detailled notes of how they were made, just in case I decide later on to write up a free pattern or something.  I took detailled measurements of Granny's hands, and swatched various stitch patterns to make sure they would fit properly.  I had 2 x 50g balls of yarn, but the label didn't list yardage.  I hoped I would have enough (and in the end I think I maybe had 40 yards left!)

Here is the result:

web ciaran diag pair

I worked a standard 1x1 rib (for lots of stretch and comfort) and decided on 3 cables up the back of the hand would look nice and balanced, and to work the backs and thumbs in plain stockinette.  Between the cables, I used a single Ktbl (Knit through back loop) rib to make the line stand out.  Because of all the purl stitches amongst the cables, the mitten has a nice amount of ease, so even if my calculations are a bit off they should still fit.  I mostly used my own hands as measurement devices, since the only real size difference between Granny's and my own hands were the wrist sizes (length of fingers and width around hands and such were very close to being the same)

web ciaran closeup

I wanted the cables to be symmetrical and look balanced so I made the cable twists all turn towards the middle.  I like the result :)  The thumb gusset was modelled (from memory) after the first mitten pattern I ever made as a child... with basic increases every second row until I had enough stitches for the thumb, and the rest of the mitten was worked in established cables/stockinette and then ended like the toe of a sock, decreasing 4 stitches per round until 10 sts remained and using kitchener stitch to tie it all together.

web ciaran pair

I hope Granny likes them :)

**  I am considering writing up the pattern for these mittens, but am not sure if there would be any interest in it... if you think you'd like a pattern for these, please let me know! **

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