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18. December 2009 15:09
by Jobo
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Divine Chapeau

18. December 2009 15:09 by Jobo | 1 Comments

The hunt for fast, efficient, well-received Christmas projects is on!  I tried my best this year to work on homemade gifts for my family members and friends, but seriously folks ? there is only a week left before Christmas! (If you weren?t aware, I?m so sorry to break the news)

After some time spent procrastinating, then panicking, then searching for patterns, I found this:

Divine Hat by Rheatheylia

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Originally, I thought I might *knit* some hats or scarves or something for a couple of hard to buy for people on my list.  I generally feel bad about gifting people boring things like gift certificates and chocolates, though I?m not exactly sure why, because I myself love receiving these!  So in efforts to better round out a less-personal gift, I try and throw in something homemade.  Last year, my go-to homemade item was basic fingerless mitts (a-la-Irish-Hiking-Mitts) and they seemed to be reasonably well received? (at least to my face)

I knew that I could probably knit the projects, but where time is running short, I deduced that *crochet* might end up being a more efficient use of my time in this case.  I generally prefer to crochet large projects, like blankets, as opposed to knitting them just because it is so much faster!  For some reason I tend to forget that you can crochet smaller more detailled items too? who knows why.

So I set out on Rav to try and find some ideas for Crocheted Hats? and this is what I came up with.  (Not only me, according to Ravelry records, more than 900 of these have been recorded to date)  The designer, Rheatheylia, must be so proud that this pattern has become such a mainstay ? and I can say, the attention is 100% deserved, this is a really well written pattern, and a fun design to work on!

I really like the little ?shell? pattern that emerges from this straightforward recipe ? made almost entirely of Double-Crochets.  The whole thing works up FAST.  I don?t mean ?get-it-done-in-a-few-days? fast? I mean ?make-the-whole-hat-in-three-hours? Fast!  In particular, Rheatheylia?s row join technique is INGENIUS? you really can?t tell where the rows join in the finished hat! (a relief to me since seamless row joins are something which I have not completely mastered)  The only modification I made was to go down a hook size since I generally crochet pretty loose ? I used 6.0 mm for the main body of the hat and a 5.0mm hook for the ribbing.

For this particular hat, I used a wayward skein of Paton?s Canadiana Wool and used up around 3/4 of the skein (yay for sales at Michael?s last month ? it cost me less than 4$ to make this hat)  Just for kicks, I thought I would start a second hat and see how far I would get with the rest of the ball, and I got to Row 10.  From the estimate, it looks like I will be able to get 3 hats from 2 balls of wool, which is very convenient since I have another ball just sitting at home waiting for me? lol.  I also have a skein of Cream Yarn of the same brand which may find itself also becoming a Divine Hat.

Now I just have to go home and crochet like a crazy person? I think I could reasonably churn out 2-3 more of these for gifts if I really got at it.  Imagine, if the first one only took 3 hours? Now that I don?t have to look at the pattern, things are only going to get faster and faster!

10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo
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Jobo?s Favorite Things: Christmas ? Day 10

10. December 2009 12:50 by Jobo | 6 Comments

Well Folks, we’ve finally made it!  Thanks for following along with me as I spoke-out-loud about the products and gadgets that have caught my eye this season…  I hope that Santa Claus has been listening (I’ve been a GOOD GIRL goshdarnnit!) and that maybe a book or a skein or something finds a way into my stocking this year.

My Last Favorite thing of the series is more of a photo collage… with the goal of maximizing fiber content :)

Handpainted / Hand dyed / Hand Carded – Spinning Fibers!

I know some people have specific likes and dislikes when it comes to wool and fibers for spinning… I must say, at this point I really haven’t met a fiber that I didn’t like.  I like them fine and soft, and coarser and woolier. I like silk and alpaca and tencel and seacelll.  I like combed top and I like carded rolags.  I like silk caps and raw fleece.  I like handpainted wild colors and semi-solids.  I like Batts – from plain blended to wild and stipey.  I love fiber… and I love spinning.  Here are some of the nicest fibers I’ve seen around lately, from a bunch of well known suppliers.  Enjoy!

 

FiberOpticPencil Roving

Fantastic, Super Smooth Superwash Merino/Nylon Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

AllSpunUp

Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp

CorgiHillFarms2

Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms

PigeonRoofStudios

PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

9. December 2009 10:34
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas - Day 9

9. December 2009 10:34 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Dream in Color Yarns!

It’s funny how the popularity of certain products just seems to explode from time to time… one of those products for me is Dream in Color Yarns.

The first thing that struck me is the range of colors!  (as one might infer by looking at the company name perhaps?)  Each skein is dyed using a special method producing a yarn that isn’t supposed to flash or pool, and really, the person who comes up with these colorways must be a very bright and colorful person herself – because these yarns are as beautiful as they are practical!

All of the featured yarns are made up of Australian Merino wool… which has be “Superwash” treated, and is super soft.  Various weights are available – from Chunky and Worsted, to Sock Yarns and Laceweight.  With names like “Smooshy” “Groovy” and “Classy” and colors like you see below, these yarns are hard to resist!

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I have seen many many projects (from socks to hats and sweaters and baby items) made from this yarn, and loved so many of them, that I think it’s time I got my hands on some and check it out for myself!  “Smooshy” in particular, the sock yarn, holds some special interest – since it doesn’t pool really I think it would make some really excellent super-patterned and elegant socks… and the subtle color variation and shifting will keep it interesting at the same time.  (I am not often attracted to solid colored yarns… I like a little attitude and imagination in my colors)  And I hear that the yarn really is as soft and bouncy as it is reputed to be.  Oh great, another yarn that I bring home and then smoosh every time I walk by it for a few months until I obsess find the most amazing pattern to cast on.  *wipes drool of chin* (in the words of Liz Lemon… I-want-to-go-to-there)

Being a Sock Knitter, I am particularly intrigued by one of their newest sock products – Dream in Color “Starry” which has 2% real silver blended in with the same base as their Smooshy Line.  The Silver adds a sprinkling of sparkle and gleam that I never imagined to be found in homemade socks… but look at it in the skein below!  It really is *starry*

And Oh My… it is available in all of the usual colorways.  sigh.  I really want to try this beautiful yarn… does that make me a space cadet of a knitter?  I want to get Starry!

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If you want to see more:  Check out Dream in Color’s Website!  they have patterns and photos of finished objects made with their yarn over there too!

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