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25. January 2010 11:00
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: <insert Pink Panther Theme Song here>

25. January 2010 11:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Once this yarn came off the niddy noddy... there was no denying it... the color reminds me of the Pink Panther... though the squishy softness is heavenly onto itself!

Lately, I have been trying to spin some "larger" fatter yarns, as a challenge to myself.  I really like spinning thinner yarns for lace and socks, but wanted to learn the full range of spinning techniques.  So this particular 2 ply yarn is a basic barber pole from a mostly pink hand dyed roving (with some purplish bits) and worked out to be a Bulky yarn - somewhere around 7 WPI

pink panther

I'm not sure what I'll make with it, but the skein feels huge and puffy!  I was thinking I might make a baby item for a friend's new little bundle, but since the yarn isn't super wash, it might not be very practical for that kind of project.  (I usually make new baby things from acrylic since you can machine wash it, and the darn stuff is nearly indestructible!)

pinkpanther 2 

The lightness and poofyness of this yarn makes me think it should be used to create something that will be worn around the neck or close to the body... since I have been rubbing my face in it every time I walk by it... lol. 

(pick up yarn, squish, raise to face, inhale.  repeat until stress subsides.  if necessary carry yarn around to pet.  repeat initial recommendation)

21. May 2009 12:26
by Jobo
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Knitting with Handspun is Addictive!

21. May 2009 12:26 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Especially if it's  your OWN handspun!

I finished my Sunshine Shawl last evening before bed, and blocked this morning.  Before blocking, I soaked the finished shawl in a bowl of lukewarm water for an hour or so.  Some people like to put a drop of wool wash in the water too, apparently to help the water soak in more completely (soap makes water wetter!  or so my highschool science teacher believes)  Since I forgot to add the soap component, I counteracted the blunder by simply soaking this puppy longer than necessary.  It's beautiful and sunny outside today here!  the sun's rays made the garter stitch bumps glisten like pearls in the soaking bowl.  Darn camera wasn't able to convey though.

The blocking process is always a neat transformation for me.  The lumpy, bumpy, uncontrolled look of unblocked lace kindof scares me.  Honestly, if you left a piece of knit lace unblocked... you might think your lace knitting skills sucked  needed more work... but after the soaking, and careful laying out, measuring, pinning, standing back and admiring - the real beauty emerges.  The geometrics of the design, open areas and more densely stitched areas seem to pop right out and things flatten and elongate in ways that you could have only imagined before blocking.

It seems that the long stretches of colour lined up beautifully throughout the whole project.  Gentle stretches of lime, sage, teal,  blue, purple, yellow, and various shades in between.  The barberpoling effect of the 2-ply yarn helped ease the colour changes, and blend the transitions between them.  I think I made a wise decision choosing the larger needles for this shawl too, since my yarn is a little heavier than laceweight, more of a sock weight give or take.  The blocking process really opened up the "holes" of the Yarnovers and made the ripples stand out nicely.

I must admit, I am overly impressed and satisfied with myself today.  Not to toot my own horn, but I LOVE working with the yarn I have spun.  I'm not sure if its the fact that I have such high stakes in it... aka carded, drafted, spun, drooled, plied, skeined, knit... or if it's just that I am not used to working with such interesting and unique products.  (Handspun vs Bernat?  c'mon you gotta be kidding here!)  It seems that I become very attached to the projects I am making lately too.  Mark asked me last night if I was going to sell the "Sunshine" shawl, and honestly I'm not sure I would be able to get enough for it to equal how much I love it.  True, I probably won't wear it myself, and I'm not sure I have the strength to give it away yet, but selling it?  I will have to think about that one.  Honestly, if I keep producing homemade goods at the same rate as the last few years, our home will be brimming!  But I'm not sure I am willing to part with any of the stuff yet either.  crafty packrat.

When Sunshine finally dries and I can peel her off the bed... I will try and take a few more pictures!

 

 

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