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9. December 2009 10:34
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas - Day 9

9. December 2009 10:34 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Dream in Color Yarns!

It’s funny how the popularity of certain products just seems to explode from time to time… one of those products for me is Dream in Color Yarns.

The first thing that struck me is the range of colors!  (as one might infer by looking at the company name perhaps?)  Each skein is dyed using a special method producing a yarn that isn’t supposed to flash or pool, and really, the person who comes up with these colorways must be a very bright and colorful person herself – because these yarns are as beautiful as they are practical!

All of the featured yarns are made up of Australian Merino wool… which has be “Superwash” treated, and is super soft.  Various weights are available – from Chunky and Worsted, to Sock Yarns and Laceweight.  With names like “Smooshy” “Groovy” and “Classy” and colors like you see below, these yarns are hard to resist!

fattypinky fuschiaforestlunar zazzle

I have seen many many projects (from socks to hats and sweaters and baby items) made from this yarn, and loved so many of them, that I think it’s time I got my hands on some and check it out for myself!  “Smooshy” in particular, the sock yarn, holds some special interest – since it doesn’t pool really I think it would make some really excellent super-patterned and elegant socks… and the subtle color variation and shifting will keep it interesting at the same time.  (I am not often attracted to solid colored yarns… I like a little attitude and imagination in my colors)  And I hear that the yarn really is as soft and bouncy as it is reputed to be.  Oh great, another yarn that I bring home and then smoosh every time I walk by it for a few months until I obsess find the most amazing pattern to cast on.  *wipes drool of chin* (in the words of Liz Lemon… I-want-to-go-to-there)

Being a Sock Knitter, I am particularly intrigued by one of their newest sock products – Dream in Color “Starry” which has 2% real silver blended in with the same base as their Smooshy Line.  The Silver adds a sprinkling of sparkle and gleam that I never imagined to be found in homemade socks… but look at it in the skein below!  It really is *starry*

And Oh My… it is available in all of the usual colorways.  sigh.  I really want to try this beautiful yarn… does that make me a space cadet of a knitter?  I want to get Starry!

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If you want to see more:  Check out Dream in Color’s Website!  they have patterns and photos of finished objects made with their yarn over there too!

13. April 2009 11:11
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Progress...

13. April 2009 11:11 by Jobo | 0 Comments

That's one thing about creativity - sometimes you feel really inspired and like you are really making progress on your projects.  Other times, you simply do not feel this way. 

Over the Easter weekend, among countless loads of laundry and visiting with family and friends... I tried to work on some projects, but didn't feel all that productive unfortunately. 

 I worked a few rows on my olive green thrum mittens:  which are up past the thumb stitches on the second mitten now... almost there.  I have enough thrums made to finish, so now I just have to knit them in.  I find I work faster when I don't have to stop and make thrums all the way along.  It's amazing really, I can knit an entire pair of mittens in a very short period of time... i.e a flight to Las Vegas back in the fall.

Mark asked me a bit ago to make him an afghan *just for him* - a man's afghan!  Big, and Thick, and Warm.  So I chose crochet as the poison of choice for that blanket... so it doesn't take me years to finish.  (he read a few of the YarnHarlot Adventures from the books I bought... just to see what all the fuss was about!  and he particularly enjoyed the first story... the Big Green Blanket one)  So he askes so sweetly on Saturday... um, are you planning on doing some more on my afghan anytime soon?  So I took the hint... and completed another half-dozen diamonds.  The pattern is based on Tumbling Blocks, a traditional quilt pattern, so not very complicated, but still fairly impressive looking.  It wasn't big progress, but nonetheless, it was progress.  hey, its better than nothing right?

In other news, we have two coworkers who are expecting babies this summer/fall... so that means more baby goodies need to be finished too.  I knit the cutest little baby socks while watching a movie yesterday.  I will need to make 2 pairs of pink and 2 pairs of blue... since of course we don't know which we will end up with yet.  One Mommy in particular already has two adorable little boys, so if she has a girl this time... it will be *absolutely* necessary for pink accessorizing.  She has had all of the little boy blue stuff, so will definetly need some ruffly pink and purpley items!



So while the progress made didn't equal out to being any completed objects, I guess I did accomplish a little over the easter weekend... though somehow noone thought to bring me any easter eggs or chocolate bunnies!  I bet that would have really upped productivity!  I will have to hit the sale bins at the grocery store later on before all the choco-fiends snap it all up!

Keep on Knittin Folks!

28. September 2008 21:50
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Oooh Baby Baby!

28. September 2008 21:50 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I  have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while. 

I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project.  Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:

Baby Supernova

made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects.  It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable.  I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket.  Who can argue with that?  I found this Star pattern on Ravelry.  basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4.  If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free.  I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit.  I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay.  Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?

 




Purple Baby Ripples -

No actual imagination to speak of here.  I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done.  This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in!  And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal.  This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope  big enough to wrangle this puppy into...



Generic Baby Ripples -

This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!

This blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it written down anywhere.  My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting.  I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!

I’ll try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics



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 Loosely, cast on 172 stitches

Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges

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Happy Blankey Knitting All !

 

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