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17. September 2009 07:30
by Jobo
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Almost too pretty to Knitty!... Dragonfly Fibers Sock Yarn

17. September 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 1 Comments

 Gratuitous yarn Pics!  everyone likes to look at pretty yarn... don't they?

This particular Beauty is from Dragonfly Fibers... and was purchased on a Sock Yarn Binge from the Loopy Ewe.  If you like handpainted sock yarn... their selection is really excellent, and their website has various convenient ways to search for your favorites - by brand, by weight, and by colour family!  I am a sucker for pretty blues greens and browns.  I find I am always drawn to certain colourways... but it is interesting to search for colours that I normally wouldn't be attracted to.  Sometimes I find things that I love but didn't realize it yet!  (If Sheri at the 'Ewe happens to be reading... I'd love a coupon or something :P )

The colourway is 'Texas Bluebonnet'... and this yarn is their 'Dragonsock' 100% Superwash Merino.  The skein is 4 full ounces, so 390 yards - which is pretty good value.  I like to knit socks that are a little higher up on the ankle since I tend to freeze my butt off at the office (in my prime cubicle, sandwiched between the photocopier and the air conditionning vent) so the fact that there is a little extra length there is a plus for me.

Lately I have been completely intrigued by the pooling of handpainted yarns...  I think I have been reading too much of that Ravelry Thread about Pooling.  I know some people seem to think that having pooled or flashed areas ruins a pair of socks, but I find the idea fascinating.  There are always items on that thread where the maker says that they are "too pooled" or that the pooling is unattractive.  Somehow, those are always the ones I like the best!

I would estimate that these socks will have just the right amount of pool in them... with Medium Blues, fading to Greens and teals, then Chocolatey Brown.  I still haven't found just the perfect pattern yet but am actively on the search.  I've been dreaming about this yarn for a few months now, so any day I will get inspired and choose a pattern and have a go.  I think part of the reason I have been paying such close attention to the dyeing styles is that I have aspirations of dyeing my own sock yarn some day soon.  I went out and purchased some natural undyed yarn and am just waiting for the guts to get busy and messy.  I have some Landscape Brand dyes ready to go... just waiting for the mood to strike me.

  I think part of the reason I have been paying such close attention to the dyeing styles of different sock yarns is that I have aspirations of dyeing my own sock yarn some day soon.  I went out and purchased some natural undyed yarn and am just waiting for the guts to get busy and messy.  I have some Landscape Brand dyes ready to go... just waiting for the mood to strike me.

4. August 2009 14:45
by Jobo
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Bubblegum Hero... Delicious Blue Sock Yarn

4. August 2009 14:45 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I finally got around to taking some pictures of my latest yarn...

My dyeing technique was rather haphazard that day, but as usual, the finished yarn has a mind of it's own :)  I must have been channelling the local dairy bar because it looks almost exactly like bubblegum ice cream!

After spinning the top randomly (torn into pieces and just randomly strung together) I decided to navajo ply to conserve the gentle stripes.  The finished yarn is 14-16 WPI (actually really even!  I impressed myself a little)  I was really surprised at the way the pinks and blues melded together too - Barberpoles, purple shades, all over gentle mixing.  The resulting colour is predominantly a robin-eggy blue with a mix of purples, lavenders, almost fuschia in some segments.  Because of the random colour placement, there are some stripes that are meters long, and others that are just short snippits.  I tried to be choosy with where my chain "joins" were so as to minimize any abrupt colour changes in the yarn.  From the 4 ounce braid I ended up with about 400 yards... so enough to make a decent sized pair of socks.  In a lot of ways this is the closest I've gotten to making something that is as thin and even as commercial sock yarn.

30. July 2009 10:10
by Jobo
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Much Ado About Nothing... really.

30. July 2009 10:10 by Jobo | 2 Comments

It's been the kind of week where I've been working on lots of things, but not really accomplishing anything huge and fascinating or anything like that.

UFO's are everywhere, new projects are tempting too!  I've been just playing a little with all sorts of things and trying to make a little progress at a time.  I was sick on tuesday and basically layed on the couch all day.  I didn't really even knit.  that's saying something.

My "Not Mary Kate and Ashley" socks are really coming together.  I have sock number one done now except for the toe grafting, which I will try and finish on my lunch break later.  I cast on the second sock last night, and finished the ribbing on the cuff, and then I fell promptly asleep on the couch!  I will try and post some pics of the first sock tomorrow... I should have time to take pics before it gets too dark outside.

I have also been working on mark's afghan a little, but am not enjoying it very much.  It's the second time I've worked this pattern in the last year with the exact same colours.  So the inspiring factor is pretty low on this one, except for the fact that it's a special blanket for my Honey.  If he wasn't as excited about it, I'm sure I would never work on it.  The real thing that's turning me off though isn't so much the repetition factor... I really really hate the yarn!  I've been getting more and more spoiled when it comes to yarn!  I understand that acrylic yarn totally has a place in the knitting world... but after going from fancy yarn back to cheap acrylic (Red Heart!)  I can really feel the squeak of the plastic on my crochet hook.  It feels almost icky!  I've worked with some other acrylics lately that didn't feel so gross... but in particular one colour that I am working in this afghan... sets my teeth on edge the way it feels on the hook.  I'll just have to grit my teeth and get through it.  I've calculated that I can do a diamond motif and tie in the ends in about 15 minutes or less.  If I can just do a few each day, it will be done soon enough.

Nightsongs is also making some progress... and has been sitting politely on the coffee table piled neatly on top of her pattern, staring at me asking for more attention, but I have been a little tired in the evenings, and am afraid to mess her up.  Need to learn how to do Lifelines.

My plan is to take some photos of these projects for you tonight, and have a better post tomorrow.  No-one ever said that ALL knitting was exciting... some knitting is just.... well.... errrr knitting.   It will get me somewhere eventually.

In the interest of gratuitous yarn pictures... some photos of my dyeing session last weekend... to get you through another gray and raining day (or at least it's gray and rainy here.  would rather be home knitting on the sofa than be here at work dying of boredom ) 

This is 100% Merino Top... dyed with Wilton's Icing Colours.  Looks like Bubblegum Icecream - blue and pink.  Hoping it will mix when spun to make a purplish shade.

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