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1. December 2011 14:46
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More Holiday Knitting? Man Socks? and a rant about ribbing.

1. December 2011 14:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Every year I end up knitting at least a few pairs of ?Man Socks?? aka plain, bland colored, utilitarian, simple, large socks.  Each year it seems, they are for a different person, but nonetheless ? plain ribbed men?s socks. 

Ribbing is my arch enemy!  My nemesis, as it were.  I can knit complicated lace until the cows come home.  Fast.  But put me in front of a garment made up entirely of basic 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing, even seed stitch (that?s just alternating K and P? which is also Ribbing!) and I am paralyzed.  Knitting ribbing seems to take eons.  I know it?s likely all in my head, because I don?t have a problem switching between knit and purl for other things, but ribbing ? oh how I hate thee!  Even though you look beautiful and orderly and elegant in your straight lines.

Kevin's Belfast Wool Socks

Now don?t get me wrong? I know the recipient will love these socks, and they will get worn to pieces, and keep the lucky person?s feet nice and toasty ? but I find knitting plain men?s socks to be complete torture!  I love it when I find a man who will accept a sock with a little cable in it, or a bit of a ?design? to it because I know I?ll be able to finish the more ?complicated? sock in half the time of the plain ribbing ones.  I?ve knit lace socks with all-over lace in less time than knitting a small pair of plain ribbed ones.  Maybe I just get bored with ribbing?  where patterning keeps my brain active and I feel more engaged by the knitting?  who knows.

This pair is made from Belfast Mini Mills Merino/Nylon Blend Sock Yarn in a lovely bittersweet chocolate color.  I found the yarn to be a bit splitty in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.  This is my improvised plain Man Sock? basically a toe up variety in 1x4 ribbing for everything except the sole, and of course a slipped stitch heel for some extra cushion.  I used up the majority of 2 skeins? one per sock.

11. April 2011 14:00
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Corgi Hill Farms Batts

11. April 2011 14:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

The colorway was "Cafe Savoy"... and I fell in love with it instantly!  I spun some batts for Angela over at Allforloveofyarn last fall, and have been keeping an eye on the selection over at Corgi Hill Farms to see if there was something else I should try.  Generally I don't go for "Sparkly" or art batts, so in the beginning I wasn't sure if I would like spinning from this sort of preparation.  Boy was I mistaken!  Not all Batts are created equal!

These Smooth batts have lots of shine from the silk, and plenty of spring and bounce from the fine wool.  The colors are Chocolaty, Creamy, and just plain fun to work with.  You can't tell from these "Shell" rolled photos, but there are several different colors in both the wool components and in the silk components too.  Many layers of wonderful blended goodness!

corgi hill batt spiral

"Coffee with a shot of brandy and a whipped cream topping. Smooth and perfect on a cold winter's day." 

-Corgi Hill Farms, product description

Corgi Hill Batt

I have started the spinning process already (which is why you only see 1 of 2 batts in the photos!) on my teensy light Golding Dragonfly Spindle.  I'll have to remember to take some photos of her and the fiber together (there is a nice big cop built up right now... must take photo!)  My goal is to try and make some nice light lace weight from this.  I have 4 ounces, and it is spinning up quite fine so far, so I hope I can get at least 800+ yards out of it in the end.

9. February 2010 14:08
by Jobo
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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 :)

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