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15. May 2009 20:02
by Jobo

Sunshine on My Shoulders - Rippled Shawl

15. May 2009 20:02 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I couldn't help myself... I know this isn't a Finished Object yet, but I had to get out the pins and stretch this out over my sofa cushion just to get an idea of how its turning out:

Feather and Fan Shawl (free pattern on Ravelry here) knit from my own handspun 2-ply yarn that started as this:

for those of you who are regulars, this might look a little familiar (I had 2 braids... one of which became sock yarn earlier this spring)

I have been wanting to make another handspun shawl for a while, and have been attracted lately to "Old Shale" style or "Feather and Fan" patterns, so Today when I saw someone post  a picture of their own handspun shawl made with this pattern I couldn't help myself... I went upstairs and grabbed a set of Circs and was off to the races.

The pattern is really well written, and simple to follow.  In fact, while watching reruns of Grey's Anatomy and trips back and forth to the laundry room I managed to get quite a bit of this done!  I'm sorry I didn't have the patience to photograph the yarn before I cast on.  (I have a habit of doing that... and also giving away completed projects before photographing, just because I am so excited to pass them on!)

A lot of the rows in this pattern are straight knit or purl, so the design works up fast, and is interesting enough to keep my attention but not so complex that I have to turn off the Television either.  I can see me making several of these, just because they do work up so quickly.

As per usual, please note the plastic yellow heads of the quilting pins impaled in my sofa cushion... Hey, they aren't just for quilting anymore I tell you!

When I spun Captain Corriedale into Sock Yarn, I was more focussed on adding the necessary extra twist, and other socky details.  When this yarn was spun, my only goal was to have really long stretches of colour, so that if I did manage to knit it into a triangular shawl, the colours would make effortless pretty rippled stripes.  Thus far, I have gone from Purples to greens, to blues, to lemon yellows, and am enjoying every moment of 2-ply barberpole deliciousness.

One more pic for the road... I think I might have to go finish this!  I estimate that since I have about 1/3 of my yarn used, I could potentially have this shawl completed and ready for blocking this weekend..... IF we don't have to show the house fifteen times before that. 

Note:  If selling your house sounds like fun, whoever told you this is a big fat stinking liar.  It is about as much fun as frogging a project you had 99% finished and then realized that you MESSED UP and have to frog it back almost to the cast on.  OH, and not only do you have to rippit rippit, you chocolate stash is gone, and there is no more red wine.  There.  That's how much I am enjoying selling my house.  Thankfully there IS a little bit of White wine left, and I think I have some imitation easter confectionnary somewhere hiding in the back of a drawer... So I am going to go back to my knitting. *steps down from soap box*

Have a good Weekend All


19. April 2009 19:51
by Jobo

Sock Fever - (Heidi's by Hand - from London Wul)

19. April 2009 19:51 by Jobo | 4 Comments

Yesterday, we went on a shopping trip to Moncton for the day... we being a knitting buddy and her two twenty-something daughters.  The mall was nice, and lunch was nice.  I even got a new pair of Blue jeans at the Gap!  but seriously folks, the whole reason I went was to hit the yarn store.  I may have mentionned before, but my hometown of Summerside PEI doesn't really have much in the way of Yarn.  We have Zellers and Walmart.  'nuff said.

I kind of laughed... London Wul Fibre Arts was only open until 5pm, and we had lost track of time a bit at the mall, so when someone said - oh its 4:20!  I was thinking crap crap crap!  30 minutes in a yarn store?  you gotta be kidding right?  Anyways we got on the road, and drove there as fast as was legal in the province of New Brunswick, and managed to arrive and explore a bunch before close.  It was really refreshing to go around the store and touch all the fancy yarns.  Funny, when I go to our yarn retailers I do not feel the need to go fondling skeins and holding them up to my face, but in a REAL yarn store I have to hold back.  Really hold back!

I ended up finding some really cool sock yarn - handdyed 75% wool 25% nylon - in some nice big skeins (100 g, 420 m, 459 yds) Each skein should be enough to make a pair of adult socks.  I'm not sure exactly why I am on such a crazy sock kick these days, but I suppose there are worse things to be obsessed with.  At least they are functional items.... I mean, you don't *need* 20 scarves or 20 pairs of mittens... but having 20 pairs of homemade socks means you will never have cold feet.

Here are some pics for your drooling pleasure:  I only wish the camera could capture the squooshiness and texture of the yarn.  When I was at my mom's today I had to fight the urge to wind these two into balls so I could cast something on... Mom is great to help me wind skeins.  Two people, 4 hands, MUCH less tangling.  The designer didn't name the colours, so I am taking some liberties and naming them myself!

Berries and Wine: 



So now all I need is to find patterns for these!  any suggestions?  I'd be glad to hear what you think would look nice with these colours.  I am thinking the semi-solid nature of the dying would make some excellent lace socks?  or something fairly detailled - the yarn is subtle so would show patterning well I think.  If you have ideas:  please leave me some comments :)

Once I brought these home... I realized that I am actually building quite a sock stash!  More yarn/eye candy:

Clockwise from the top:  1. Berries and Wine (Heidi's by Hand - Specialty hand dyed sock yarn)  2. Blueberries (Heidi's by Hand - Specialty hand dyed sock yarn)  3. Handspun by Me!  (Squoosh - "Sun Ray" Superwash Roving, spun 3 ply)  4.  Handspun by Me!  (Squoosh - "Navy" semisolid BFL roving)  5. Santa Fe (Yukon Hand Dyed Sock Yarn- Pagewood Farms, Merino/Nylon/Bamboo)

Now I need to go finish my current pair before my head explodes and I feel the uncontrollable urge to go and buy another set of DPNs... I know I have about 4 sets of size 1's, but whats another pair really?

Don't fight your urge... Go Cast on a Pair!

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