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12. January 2011 09:10
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WIP Wednesday...

12. January 2011 09:10 by Jobo | 0 Comments

As a new regular feature, I've decided that I should really try and get cracking on a few older WIPs (that's Works-in-Progress...) that have been hiding in various places throughout my home... and what better way to ensure that I get them completed than to blog about the progress every week!

Among the pile... are various different types of projects:

- "Wednesday" Socks (aptly named don't you think?)

- "Liesl" in Malabrigo

- Mark's Falling Blocks Afghan

- Peat Moss "Little Shells" Shawl

- "Skew" in handdyed yarn

Even if it's only a few rows, I hope to inspire myself (and you too!) to work on something old a little bit each week, and hopefully make some room on the needles for some new fun projects too!

 wednesday sock #1liesl3bog skeined 2

Wanna join in?  Need some inspiration?  Tell me about your WIPs... and let's get a movement going!

21. October 2009 12:58
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Neener Neener! Another finished Pair of Socks!

21. October 2009 12:58 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I think I may have found another favorite sock pattern… if that’s possible.  There is just something so curvy and feminine about the way the scallops work up… and they were so simple to work too!  A coworker said that the pattern looked much more complicated than my usual stuff, but honestly, I found these to be very simple and memorizable – and yet so satisfying!

 

 

1.  See that lovely scallop pattern?    2.  Pagewood Farms Yukon Hand Dyed Sock Yarn in ‘Santa Fe’    3.  Look up… wayyyy up to the ankle    4.  Gentle pooling in the stockinette stitch sole, pretty cool

The final verdict on the yarn:  so soo nice to work with!  I will actively search out this yarn again, hopefully soon if I can find a store that sells it locally.  The texture is super soft and smooth, and the bamboo fiber gives the yarn a glowing sheen.  They seem to just shine in the light.  As for color, the yarn did pool a bit in places, but was generally a nice spread out smattering of chocolate throughout the yarn.  Its difficult to know how a given yarn will react in different pattern situations, but It seems that this yarn is generally not a pooling one.

socksondeck

 

closeupheelI particularly enjoyed the heel portion of this pattern.  This was my first Wendy Johnston heel… which is a toe up traditional gusset heel that looks basically like the top-down gusset heel that most people learn to do first when they learn how to knit socks.  I haven’t really had an opportunity to wear these yet to compare the fit to other types of heels.  You can see in the closeup the neat and tidy way that the Kf&b increases look along the arch, and how tidy the slip stitch heel looks along the join to the rest of the arch.  If you haven’t tried this heel yet, I highly recommend it!  I’m not sure if all of her socks follow this format, but the next pair I tried of hers  definetly did.  This heel also resulted in a nice seamless / hole-less make up.  It bugs me the way that some types of heel construction leave little ‘holes’ at the ankle that sometimes need to be darned closed – these were no problem.

 

This sock project was my first entry in the ‘Sock Knitters Anonymous’ Ravelry Group… so Thanks to those lovely ladies for introducing me to Wendy Johnston’s patterns.  I really enjoyed my first Sockdown :)

11. December 2008 20:50
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Spinning up a storm!

11. December 2008 20:50 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 You know what... I think winter has arrived... ewwww.  It's only the beginning of December, and I have almost had my fill already.  The only thing sustaining me at this point is the fireplace, some comfort food, and warm hugs from you know who ;)

 For a treat, decided to make some homemade butter tarts (one of my all time favorites)  Complete with Gramma's secret family recipe pie crust and big sticky raisins and of course copius quantities of butter and brown sugar.  I realized part way through (after trying pretty much every sized glass in the kitchen sadly) that an empty 19 oz can of tomatoes was the perfect size to cut out my dough circles to fit in standard muffin tins.  Will be keeping that trick up my sleeve next time I have to make tart shells for sure.  Paired up with a cold glass of milk and a warm fire, doesn't get much better than that, even if the wind is howling and the snow is a blowin!

 Feeling the spinning bug this week... I had received a sample of roving with another order the other day from Fiber Optic Yarns - Superwash merino / Nylon mix "footnotes Unspun"  This of course being the perfect excuse to haul out the Traveller and spin for a little bit.  Since it was only a tiny sample, I plied it up with some supersoft natural polworth top I had lying around.  This turned out quite nice, very soft, spongy and attractive in the end.  Will definetly consider buying some more products from this company.  The colourway was:  #57 Sweet Georgia Brown.





In other knitting news... making some serious progress on christmas gifts!

     Afghans!  one finished, one 46/50 rows!  yay for me

     Socks! 3 pairs

     Scarf! 80% done

     Fingerless Mittens! 2 pairs

     Swiffer Cover / Dishcloths! one of each!

Santa would be proud no? 

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