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9. September 2010 08:30
by Jobo
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Chiengora "One-Skein" Hat

9. September 2010 08:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Having completed one skein of yarn from my Alaskan-Malamute-Challenge over the past weekend... I decided to get started on the goods!  The completed skein had somewhere between 100 - 125 yards, which as I suspected was more than enough to make the hat.

husky hat 2I chose to use the Noro spiral one-skein hat by Manuèle Ducret  - which is a simple free pattern, graciously offered by Manuèle over on her website.  I thought it might be a complicated knit, but was surprised and delighted by the simplicity of it all.  I decided to work at my own gauge though, and cast on in multiples of 8 until I was pleased with the size of the cuff.  I think I settled on 104 sts in the end.  I'll have to measure the needles I used, because honestly I just grabbed a pair that "looked" appropriate in size for the yarn.  Sometimes eyeballing it *does* work for me!

The Hat itself is quite fuzzy, with a light soft grey halo.  I've been quite surprised with how soft the dog fur yarn actually is!  The dog's owner was considering having the hat lined with some sort of soft wool (maybe angora or alpaca) but I don't think the hat will really need it.  Just wearing it around the house for photos, my head was toasty warm, almost to the point of being uncomfortably warm!  I'll have to run it by her, but I think she will be pleased with it as it is. 

Next - More picking and carding up another basket of chiengora and wool ("Chiengora" is the posh name for Dog Fur Wool) and then spinning up another skein to get started on the cowl and mittens.  My head is just spinning with all of the possibilities :)

9. August 2010 12:29
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday is Baaaack! Barking Dog Yarns

9. August 2010 12:29 by Jobo | 2 Comments

barking dog card I was lucky enough to win a pattern and yarn draw a few weeks ago from Hunter Hammersen over at Violently Domestic... which included a fantastic free skein of 100% Merino Squishable goodness from Barking Dog Yarns.

Well my Package arrived last week, and I am finally getting around to showing you the photographs :)

When I found out I had won a skein, I thought that this would be a perfect time to order another skein too (as a test, you know, erm, to see what the rest of her stuff was like!  as if I need a reason to buy more yarn at this point)  So I also ordered a skein of her Cashmere / Merino Blend.  I love the colors!  It was really hard to decide!

barking dog yarn2

Above:   Rune Merino Cashmere Nylon 80/10/10 in "Oklahoma Rose"

Below:  Sirius 100% Fine Merino Superwash in "Sky Pirate"

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the envelope/baggie the yarns came in was how light and soft the yarn was.  In true Jobo Fashion, I could not wait the 30 second drive from the mailbox to the house to tear into the package.  I knew what it was, and I wanted it open NOW.  This yarn did not disappoint!  The pinks and purples are so soft and girly - the cashmere is so soft and lovely.  No doubt about it, this skein MUST become a shawl or scarf of some kind.  It needs to be close to the skin.  The vibrant blues and purples of "Sky Pirate" are difficult to photograph and even lovelier in person.  They remind me of the Caribbean ocean with it's teal and blue waters, with some indigo and violet shadows.  I will have to make the most special pair of socks yet to do it justice!

Suzan's customer service is fast fast fast, and completely top notch!  You will love her yarns... Pop over and take a Peek :)

19. May 2010 08:00
by Jobo
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Ishbel on Fire - in Angora!

19. May 2010 08:00 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I have been sitting on a skein of Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit for quite some time.... The story behind it is that I purchased it on a whim from North Shore Island Traditions based on the feel of the yarn alone.  Normally I go for the more blue / greenish tones exclusively, but in this case, there were very limited colorways in stock so I couldn't choose the usuals.  I decided that even though I normally don't knit with yellow or orange, that I generally find these colors bright and sunny, so I should step outside the box and try it regardless.  This particular colorway features bright yellows and oranges, reminiscent of Big Bird from Sesame Street... but in my mind at the time - reminded me of sunsets and Golden Flowers.

peter rabbit on fire

The Yarn itself is so unbelievably soft, albeit a little sheddy...  I had initially intended to knit socks from this, but then it struck me to try knitting a shawl/scarf.  I know that next winter when it starts to get cold around here (love the Canadian Winters) that the angora will be warm and soft against the skin in a way that no other fiber can be.  "Peter Rabbit" consists of 70 % Angora, 20 % Nylon and 10 % Wool for a super soft, softly haloed, and light as a feather.  I managed an entire Ishbel of the small size from a single skein.  It isn't huge, but it fits nicely around my shoulders, and I think will be perfect in size to wrap around the neck to protect from a winters chill.

ishbel pheonix rising

Now I have Knit Ishbel (by Ysolda Teague) a few times before... so I knew what I was getting into.  The beginning in stockinette just flies by!  And though I seem to have issues memorizing the charts, even those fly by so fast that I hardly remember them.  I chose in this case to make the small size, though I think I might have done an extra section of the lace chart.  I remembered from blocking before that this shawl doesn't end up completely triangular, but more of a curved shape on the top.  When this was blocking on the spare bed all I could think of was how much the shape reminded me of a golden Pheonix rising.  It feels almost like golden wings.

ishbel furry The yarn in the skein had a bit of a halo, but after knitting and blocking, the halo intensified a bit.  You can really tell when the shawl is up against another object how much of a Halo it really has.  I thought in the beginning that maybe the halo wuld be too much and obscure the vine lace, but in the end I think it still shows up ok.

In general, orange is not a color I would often wear, or purchase items in that shade... surprisingly, the warm bright color doesn't look awful with my skin complexion.  I come from a family of red haired folk... So I am very pale and I have a lot of freckles (my husband teases that if I ever needed a medical Freckle-ectomy, we'd go broke paying the bill)  I'm not sure what I will ever wear this with, but the warm fuzziness around my shoulders makes me tempted to buy an outfit to match!

 

Another reason I decided that I needed to try working with Angora is the fact that I have an English Angora Rabbit coming to live with me around the end of June.  The bunny (henceforth referred to by his royal name, though he hasn't be chosen from the litter yet...) Ruttiger was born on May 10th as part of a 6 bunny litter, and though the smallest bunny has passed away, the other 5 are thriving and growing fine.  The breeders plan on keeping the white bunny, but there are two "blue" and two "torte" babies that will be up for grabs.  I plan on going up and officially meeting the kits next weekend, so expect photos then.  Meanwhile, I have been in a nutso nesting phase... buying the supplies I will need for Ruttiger's homecoming (aka cage, food, bedding, grooming equipment, etc)  I am very excited for our new pet to come home and get cozy at Casa-Jobo.

ishbel on fire beads

Here is another shot with the "Ishbel on Fire" cozied up with a plain seed bead necklace... which looks surprisingly nice :)

mirror shot ishbel on fire

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to take photographs of yourself?  (Yes this is in my Bathroom, and Yes, it is a little Blurry.  No I had not been drinking... though there was wine shortly after the photo shoot)  At least I managed to sneak a smile in :)

Another successful shawl... warm, cozy, elegant, and very very Golden Yellow / Orange.  I hope I don't look silly in this color, because I kind of like it!  (you definetly won't lose me in a snowbank with this on! as my grandma would say)

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