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9. March 2015 20:53
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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!

13. March 2012 13:00
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Erato ? completed!

13. March 2012 13:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Even with the hectic new mommy schedule... I managed to finish my Erato Shawl :)

Erato Blocking

The blocking this time was actually a snap.  I was worried about color bleeding, but there wasn?t a drop of red dye in my rinse water, so I didn?t worry too much about the bed.  I just threaded the wires through the points and eyelets and pulled the shawl out into a phoenix wing shape and left it alone.  Sometimes it?s easy to get carried away with trying to block perfectly.  I just don?t have a lot of time for that right now, so no-nonsense was the way to go :)

Erato center lace hearts 

I really liked the center lace panel in this shawl... the YO?s on back side rows took a little getting used to, but after messing up the first one enough times, I marked my chart in red ink and was able to keep an eye out for them next time.  I find the lace motif looks like the human heart... complete with Aorta and Vena Cava branches.  I don?t know if this was on purpose, but a valentines day shawl with Actual Human Hearts on it?  pretty snazzy

Erato wing blocking

I also really liked the ruffle section... as you can see, it?s kind of like finger braids with eyelets, and little webbed portions between them.  I think they really look like wings, maybe webbed dragon wings?  I also love the glow and shine in this yarn.  Delicious texture, even on plain stockinette.

Romy Mar 8 2012 with Erato Shawl

As I was taking the shawl off the bed from being blocked... I walked by Romy, who was just waking up from a snooze.  So, as I usually do, I passed her the shawl and said ?Hey, Hold this for Mommy will ya?? and turned around to grab something else.  When I turned back she was playing with the shawl and smiling her little heart out.  This kid just cracks me up :)

28. October 2011 03:57
by Jobo
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South African Fine Wool... Becomes Mittens

28. October 2011 03:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

At the Retreat a few weeks ago... I decided to just let loose and spin a braid of fiber free-form - aka just let the darn thing become whatever it wanted to become.  I bought a braid of South African Fine Wool dyed by Waterloo Wools in a very bright and enthusiastic colorway and just tore it into 4 pieces and spun it up without thinking too hard about it.  The result was a nice bouncy, light and not over spun, 2-ply yarn in about a Chunky weight.  I didn't worry about where the colors lined up, and I didn't use a gauge or measure to monitor my singles.  I tried to divide the fiber in approximately half, so I would have two similar balls of yarn to make something "paired" like mittens.

Retreat Pretties SouthAfrican Fine and Lace2

Here is one half of the yarn posing with a skein of lace weight that just happened to match!  I really liked the texture of this breed of wool - soft like Merino, but really bouncy and fluffy.  Sproingy!

SouthAfricanFine Mittens2

As for a pattern... I decided to just wing it.  I've knit so many pairs of mittens in the last 15 years... it's not even funny.  I took a guess as to how many stitches might make sense, and was off without a plan.  In fact, I ended up knitting to the tip of the first mitten, decided that I should have done a longer cuff, and raveled back to the cuff and added half a dozen rows.  One nice thing about knitting with chunky fat yarn on reasonably large needles - the project knits up fast.  I had completed both mitts (including the false start, ravel and redo) in a weekend.

SouthAfricanFine Mittens3 SouthAfricanFine Mittens1 SouthAfricanFine Mittens4

The mittens did end up looking similar when finished, but still with a bit of variation in the color striping and placement.  I liked the texture and variation though... gives the effect of "matching" but not "identical" mittens.  More like a set of Fraternal Twins :)  If you like yarn and knitting close-ups... remember to click the photo thumbnails and you'll get a nice large version of the photo... thanks to the wonderful code-monkey-husband!

SouthAfricanFine Mittens5

I was thinking that I might like to keep these mittens myself... but lately it seems that everytime I post something new to the blog or Facebook... somebody wants to buy them!  I think if the right person came along, I'd let them go, maybe. 

I thought that I'd likely have zero yarn left when these were complete.  My luck (since there was no chance of me getting more of this fiber or colorway) I would run out with only a stupid 4 yard piece required to finish!  Not So!  For once I had a little bit of yarn leftover... and I used this as a perfect excuse to make another baby hat!  (I have a bunch in different noggin-sizes... just in case)

SouthAfrican Fine Babyhat 

I finished the little hat and then added a VERY LARGE pompom :)  I had a few scrap odds and ends from weaving in the tails on the mittens, and I didn't want to let ANY of this great stuff go to waste.  I basically just tossed the ends (2 - 3 inch pieces) in a pile, lashed them together into a non-fussy pompom and stitched it to the top of the little bright toque.  Maybe it isn't very practical... but I love it to pieces.  Maybe (child willing) it will fit and be appropriate for photos or something?

EXTRA!!:

I'm not sure if you noticed my really-fancy-hi-tech Mitten Blockers?!  They're actually pieces of cardboard (2 layers of corrugated stuff from the box some electronic thing came in) that have been wrapped several times with plain old kitchen plastic wrap, and then taped haphazardly where the edges of the plastic meet.  I would like to have fancy, beautiful, durable wooden ones someday (like my Norwegian Mitten Blockers made by Roger!), but this was all I had to work with at one point... so I threw them together and they've been sturdy and trusty helpers for several years now.  They don't look all that pretty - but they get the job done!

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