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10. January 2010 18:18
by Jobo

Loose Ends

10. January 2010 18:18 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After Christmas, and all the commotion of getting ready, and then getting through it all I forgot to show you some of the gifts I made this year!

"Dulce" socks

After knitting, for what felt like an eternity on a pair of size 11 socks knit with light fingering weight wool and size 1 dpns? I finished Andrew"s socks!  I didn't have the proper sized blockers though, so in the end I just soaked and "hand pressed" them out into an approximate proper shape.  I was a little disappointed with the final appearance of them, but I knew that once the recipient put them on, they they would be naturally "foot blocked" anyways.  On X-mas day, he opened them, checked them out, put them on, and then continued on with the rest of the gift opening.  He still had them on when we left later on in the evening? so I think he might like them ;)  He said they were really warm, which hopefully will come in really handy living on a farm in cold little P.E.I.  I think I can call that a success.  I meant to take pics of them on his feet, hoping that they would look really good on the proper sized clod-hoppers, but then I got all engrossed with chocolates and the gifts everyone else was opening, and I completely forgot.  Oops.

Granny's Ishbel

This particular Granny did not want to exchange holiday gifts this year, which was totally ok with me, only I had already made her an Ishbel!  So instead of waiting for Christmas, I just gave it to her as a "Winter" celebration gift.  I kind of forgot to take too many pictures of this one too? since I was so excited for it to be completed and passed on to it's new owner.


All of the other shawls I have made to this point have increases and YO's on one side only, whereas this one has YO's at the edges for oth the front and back side rows.  This made a narrower triangle, but still a pleasing wing-like shape.  For yarn, I used a spare skein of the Turkish "Ice" yarn I had eBayed, and I was okay with the results, though it did not block as distinctly as some of the other sock yarns I have knit lacy things out of.  I liked how the ends of the "wings" curled up into a cute little finial.  This Granny likes dragons and wizards and sci-fi stuff, so I thought this might look enough like fairy wings that it would be acceptable.  She tried it on right away, and seemed to like it, so I'm hoping it will get some use.

ishbel 2

It took me a few tries to make sense of the lace pattern, but Ysolda's charts were nice and concise.  As long as I wrote down where I was, and kept track on paper, things seemed to go okay.  You know how it is with lace? until the lightbulb pops on, sometimes you just have to keep plugging away at it until that point of enlightenment.

ishbel spine 

I'm not sure why exactly, but for some reason I really liked the "Spine" of this shawl? something about the way the YO K YO stood out from the plain stockinette stitch body of the piece.  To me it looks like a ladder of sorts with twisty curly rungs? all in all another happy ending shawl.  I think I will have to do this one again, but this time with gossamer, light, teensy yarn so it feels less heavy and the lace will open up wide and take centre stage in a more substantial way.

10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo

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


Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp


Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms


PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

9. December 2009 10:34
by Jobo

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!

fattypinky fuschiaforestlunar zazzle

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!


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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