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22. June 2015 12:19
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair Number 5

22. June 2015 12:19 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I'm so behind... my life has been pretty hectic!  I started back to work at my full time job after a year of maternity leave, and I'm just starting to get caught back up on everything.  The one constant - if I don't get to be creative, I go a little stir crazy!  So now I'm going to try and catch you all up on the finished projects from the last few months, and hopefully I'll be able to keep a handle on what's going on a little better now that I spend part of my day on an actual computer!

Back in March, I finished a lovely little pair of purple socks for a friend!  These ended up in my Snobby-Spinners-Swap package for Caryn!  This group is full of wonderful, supportive, fun spinners/weavers/knitters who love working with indy dyers and fancy wools and yarns.  They make fantastic stuff, and I'm so lucky to be a part of their group.  Caryn and I drew each others' names and I decided to knit her socks, since that's what I'm good at.

The pattern is "Johnson's Wave" by Claire Ellen... one of my favorite sock designers... and is available as a free pattern over on Rav.  I chose workhorse yarn... Knitpicks Stroll in Sprinkle Heather.  Together the two made a nice, machine washable, comfortable pair of socks :)

 

9. September 2010 08:30
by Jobo
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Chiengora "One-Skein" Hat

9. September 2010 08:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Having completed one skein of yarn from my Alaskan-Malamute-Challenge over the past weekend... I decided to get started on the goods!  The completed skein had somewhere between 100 - 125 yards, which as I suspected was more than enough to make the hat.

husky hat 2I chose to use the Noro spiral one-skein hat by Manuèle Ducret  - which is a simple free pattern, graciously offered by Manuèle over on her website.  I thought it might be a complicated knit, but was surprised and delighted by the simplicity of it all.  I decided to work at my own gauge though, and cast on in multiples of 8 until I was pleased with the size of the cuff.  I think I settled on 104 sts in the end.  I'll have to measure the needles I used, because honestly I just grabbed a pair that "looked" appropriate in size for the yarn.  Sometimes eyeballing it *does* work for me!

The Hat itself is quite fuzzy, with a light soft grey halo.  I've been quite surprised with how soft the dog fur yarn actually is!  The dog's owner was considering having the hat lined with some sort of soft wool (maybe angora or alpaca) but I don't think the hat will really need it.  Just wearing it around the house for photos, my head was toasty warm, almost to the point of being uncomfortably warm!  I'll have to run it by her, but I think she will be pleased with it as it is. 

Next - More picking and carding up another basket of chiengora and wool ("Chiengora" is the posh name for Dog Fur Wool) and then spinning up another skein to get started on the cowl and mittens.  My head is just spinning with all of the possibilities :)

5. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Easter Edition!

5. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

You might remember a post about this yarn some time ago (back in August here) about this Pretty Cotton Candy Blue navajo 3-ply Merino... Well I couldn't help myself this weekend and I finally decided on a suitable sock pattern to use this for :)  The light blues and purples and pinks made me think of Easter eggs and spring time.  The weather here this week has been excellent and warm - gotta love t-shirt weather in March and April!

cotton candy handspun

Here is just a sneak peak at the socks in progress - Wendy Johnsons Diagonal Lace Socks

DIAGONAL

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