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9. March 2015 20:53
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair 3!

9. March 2015 20:53 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I'm a little bit behind in posting my February socks for my self imposed Sock Knitting Challenge (to knit at least 12 pairs of socks in 2015!). 

I could blame it on the kiddos... but that's a little lame, right?  Sleep is for the weak... right?  zzzzzz.  There was a time in my life where I could polish off an entire pair of socks in a week.  This time, I was doing well to do the pair in the 28 day month.  I honestly just barely squeaked it.

February's Addicted to Sock Knitting KAL pattern was Heatherly Walker's "Love's Wings", which is another toe up lace/cable mashup.  I liked this pattern especially because of the variety of techniques.  I always find that this kind of pattern with the challenge of stitches and combinations keeps my attention better than a plain style.  I'm weird like that - I can knit interesting lace or complicated cables in half the time it takes to knit a plain ribbed sock.  Ribbing makes me want to poke my eyes out... but complicated lace where you have to follow every row of a pattern?  yes please!  It's a sickness...

The yarn I chose is KnitPicks Hawthorne... in a nice blue variegated.  I seem to have thrown out the ball band.  Woops!  I can`t remember what the colorway is and a lot of the blue and purple ones are similar.  I hadn`t used this yarn before, and found it to be ok to work with, though I found it to be a little splittier than Stroll.  I will definitely try it again though for it`s great shimmery, non pooling, rich colors!

Pair Three Success!  Onto March... and Pair Four!

23. October 2014 07:45
by Jobo
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TBT: Inspiring Oneself...

23. October 2014 07:45 by Jobo | 1 Comments

While trying to get myself excited about starting to blog again, and creating a new Facebook page, to try and reach a different audience... I started looking at some old project photos to try and get my mojo running.

Let's just say, I didn't get a large volume of projects completed in the last few years, but I love love love many of the things I did manage to make :)  Just seeing them makes me daydream about the fun I had through the process, and makes me wonder what else I can come up with.

I've been sketching in my design book again, and going downstairs to the studio and just staring at the piles of yarn.  It's a little depressing that I don't really have much time or energy to throw into this kind of stuff lately, but I know I can get back there eventually... someday.  The days when I sleep more than a few hours, I'm actually feeling almost human.  This morning, on the other hand - is a two-coffee-minimum type of morning!

Without further ado:  Here are some of the photos that caught my eye! (Click the Photos for links to some original articles)

Magic Mirror Mittens

 

Vernal Equinox in Handspun Merino Silk

 

Lilac Leaves Estonian Stole

 

8. August 2012 08:20
by Jobo
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False Start.

8. August 2012 08:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been working ahead on some gift socks for my holiday knitting. but unfortunately it's a false start.

 

First the Yarn:  Some of my old standby, KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Canopy

 

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the RoadI purchased a copy of "The Road Goes Ever On"  by Claire Ellen some time ago. and decided that now was the time to get started and get my Cable-On.  This collection of socks (mostly cabled, some lace) is beautifully designed and contains great charts and detailed patterns.  Each design is named for a character from the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien too. so neat back stories as well.

 

My only real complaint is that there aren't more photos of these fantastic socks.  I've been going back and forth to Ravelry to look at projects to get more ideas of how the designs wrap around the heels and legs, since many of them are quite unique.

 

I decided to start with Eomer. a very cabled pair, featuring some 2-stitch travelling cables that remind me of wrought iron gates, and some sections of double moss stitch and rib.

 

I love everything about this sock really.. the only thing I didn't account for though is the fact that I started with the "small" size, and the way that the cables run has really restricted the stretch of the ankle and leg of the sock.  But look at them!  So pretty and curving, almost like a filigree of green yarny goodness. and I was almost enjoying the double-moss.  Why is it that I can't stand K1P1 Ribbing, and would rather poke my own eyes out with a set of 2.5mms, but I actually like double moss?  Its the same darn thing!  Clearly it's in my head.  go figure.

 

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tip cables pull inSo bummer: I'm in the frog pond. I just wish I hadn't made it all the way to the heel before trying to put it on my foot. My ankles were ginormous last summer from the fluid accumulation of pregnancy, and they have shrunk back to a normalish size (I can wear my own shoes and socks again finally) but I don't think that there's even a remote chance that these will go comfortably around my ankle, let alone take the chance that they might not go over the intended gift recipient's ankle either.  The heel is so pretty too. the way the cables spread out over the top of the ankle, then turn into ribbing.  I bet it would have hugged the ankle perfectly too Smile

 

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Oh well. it's been ravelled and I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking maybe I'll try a Cookie A. design I've been sitting on for a while and come back to the Cabled-wonders some other time.  It's a little heartbreaking to rip back cables so lovely!

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