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16. July 2009 11:23
by Jobo

Still Jigging away... Swallowtail Shawl

16. July 2009 11:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been knitting away on the Swallowtail... and I finally finished the Budding Lace portion… 

In the end I decided not to mess with the number of repeats as I had been considering before.  I was afraid that increasing the repeats would result in a final stitch count number that would cause too much grief and tears if it didn’t match up with the required stitch count for the next lace section.


I figure if I want to mess with the pattern and take some artistic license maybe I should at least try making the shawl as written ONCE before I completely destroy it ;)


I think I have lots of yarn… at this point I am at around the 12th row of the Lily of the Valley section and have still not exhausted the first ball of yarn.  I did decide on doing the Nupps… Mostly because I had been too busy this weekend to go bead hunting, and because after some pondering I realized that the yarn was a little “fuzzy” and I wasn’t sure I could pull it through the beads with a crochet hook without potentially altering the strength of the single ply yarn.  So to play it safe / lazy… I just did the nupps anyways,


My tips on how to successfully do Nupps:

-          Think Loose… really loose. 

-          Try and make sure you pull back a little extra on each loop of the (K1, yo, K1, yo, K1) in the same stitch

-          When you reach the next row where you are purling 5 together… watch as you insert the needle… try and keep it straight in line with the needle holding the stitches and just gently slip it in

-          I like to hold back the YO after the 5 to be pearled together with my thumbnail as I am working the P5tog… to avoid any chance of it getting in the way.

-          No matter what you do, at least one of your nupps will end up so tight that your needle won’t be able to slide in.  Do NOT get discouraged - It happens.

-          Keep a smaller sized DPN handy and use it to pearl your stitch.  I found there was less swearing when I just used the DPN instead of trying over and over again to use the proper sized needle (square peg, round hole – ladies and gentlemen)

-          If you are really unsure – swatch first ;)  I just took some scrap yarn, cast on about 10 stitches, and worked a few rows in stockinette stitch… on the next knit row I tried the pattern stitch

o       YO, in same stitch work: (K1, yo, K1, yo, K1) YO

o       On the way back on the pearl side… see if you can recognize the YOs and the nupps… try the P5tog as you go across. 

-          Be brave J you can totally do it!

Here are some pics of what the front and back of a Nupp look like.... I know I wondered before I started...

Being that I DO have so much yarn… a whole skein that I haven’t touched yet…I am now wondering if I should do just one repeat of the Lily of the Valley lace or try and double it up?  (here we go again… it’s like my brain tries to work faster than my fingers, but then realizes it’s an idiot and shuts-up)  I think I will just get through this part of the pattern and see what it looks like before I make any rash decisions.


I can’t seem to decide if it will be big enough as is… I have the same problem with quilts!  I start with a size and then usually end up making it bigger and bigger (hey, if you are going to spend so much time on a project… shouldn’t it be big enough for ANY bed?) until I either run out of time or run out of fabric.  I have even gone out and bought MORE fabric to make something bigger.  For some reason I can’t seem to be content with a small quilt, though many people prefer to make them.

This particular yarn and pattern will really need a good blocking I think.  Some of the other patterns I have worked on practically lied flat without hardly doing anything to them.  It seems when I pseudo block it (aka pin it to my couch with some quilt pins and stretch it out a bit) that the lace really opens up, and will perhaps be bigger than I think it will be?  Maybe it will be just fine in size… I guess I just have to be patient and wait and see!  


Here are a few closeups of Nupps and the lace Detail...  Will be ready for blocking probably this weekend :)


8. February 2009 11:32
by Jobo

Custom Mittens - Made to Order!

8. February 2009 11:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Want a pair of homemade Mittens?  Something warm, fuzzy, unique, created with yarn and a design that you chose for yourself?  Made specifically to fit you?

 Don't know how to knit?

No Problem!  



The time when every young woman knew how to knit is probably over.  I am really glad that as times change, more and more people are becoming interested in knitting for it's creativity bolstering and stress relieving properties, but many of my friends and family are just unable to knit for themselves.  I on the other hand, adore the craft, to the point of mild obession.  (hey, yarn and fiber are my vices, I could have chosen worse ones!)  So Lately I have been taking on more commissionned projects - knitting specific items for specific people.


This past week, I have knit a custom pair of mittens for a special customer who, not for lack of trying, has been unable to find a pair of mittens acceptable to match her coat.  So I suggested that she go to the Local Yarn Store, choose a yarn that she likes, and let me craft her a pair instead of wandering the mall again.  So she submitted me some measurements of her hands, and I swatched, and pondered, and got to work. 


She had originally liked a pair of mittens that I was wearing, Handmade Thrum Mittens, with billows of soft and airy Baby Alpaca Fiber inside.  For her mittens, we chose a soft and durable sage green yarn, and some combed Polwarth wool top for the thrums. 


Being an experienced knitter, I have probably made about 30 pairs of mittens over the last 6 or 7 years, so making an average pair of adult mittens at this point takes less than 10 hours.  Probably more like 5 hours if I make my standard pair.  These were very straight forward, so I estimate about 6 hours from cast-on to ends woven in - not a very long time committment.


The result:  perfectly fitting, perfectly matching, Custom Mittens!  Ready for a typical Cold Snowy Canadian Winter!



Interested in a pair?  Depending on materials, and design requirements, a custom pair of mittens could be designed and crafted over a period as little as 1 - 2 weeks.  For Prices (unique with contract) or more details, please contact me. 


Toying with the idea of making your own Thrum Mittens?  See my new Make-your-own-Thrums Tutorial


Happy Knitting All !  (It's going to be a long winter, make more mittens)

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