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28. February 2011 12:27
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Plum Special... Bobbins and Skeins

28. February 2011 12:27 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Plum Special BobbinI've been doing a little more spinning lately... which I find to be a little easier on the head than more complex knitting tasks.

Yes, there are precision movements, and paying attention to many factors (twist, single size, drafting, color placement, etc) but there is no counting.  I don't need to worry about how many stitches, or things lining up, or manipulating needles or yarn.  With spinning I find the process is just intuitive and mostly done by "feel" instead of by conscious thought.  It's refreshing for a change.

This particular yarn is a custom spin job for MC, a kind lady who contacted me about spinning up some fingering weight yarn for her to knit a shawl.  We talked color, then I dyed the fluff, and we've been collaborating on what the finished yarn should be like.

Plum Special skein 1 Plum Special Skein 1 natural light Plum Special Skein 1 a

Plum Special round

Now off to complete the rest of the yardage... I have about 280 yards in this skein, but I need to have 800 or so!

16. December 2010 08:15
by Jobo
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Salad? What Salad... these mittens are AWESOME!

16. December 2010 08:15 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I don't know what these mittens should be named in the end, but they definitely turned out great! 

pair with beads

The pattern is my own design... featuring a horseshoe cable running asymmetrically over the ring finger of each hand, and some great shiny glass beads.  The yarn is my own bulky handspun 2-ply... in all it's barberpole-y wonder!

sewing on beads

I didn't have thread to match the yarn, so I even spun a few yards of extra fine lace yarn with the leftovers, so I could sew on the beads and have everything blend in and match correctly.  I love the way the glass beads shine and bring out the colors of the yarn.  I decided to play up the asymmetrical-ness and only add the beads along one side of the cable.

electric mitten cable with beads

Also, I really like the way the thumbs turned out... using a little different method of increasing stitches for the gussett... I ended up with a unique forking pattern, almost like the veins running out from the centre of a leaf.  I also adorned these with beads :)  (can you have too many?  I'm not so sure...  I think it's like marshmallows or chocolates... you have to keep going!)

thumbs 

I had originally planned on doing a lining with this pair, but I loved the way that the extra fat yarn worked into a soft, squishy, thick wool layer.  I bet these will felt nicely inside, and the wearer won't have any problems with chilly fingers.  I also love the gentle stripes and smatterings of color spread throughout the green shades.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of knitting with my own hand dyed, handspun yarns.

electric mitten and beads

I plan on knitting these through one more time, perhaps with a more commercially available chunky/bulky yarn, and finalizing my pattern... then I will be looking for a couple of test knitters to run through and give me some feedback... then hopefully will be able to release the pattern on Ravelry without too much delay.  The idea of other people knitting my designs is exciting, but also terrifying at the same time.  I've always been the sort of knitter to make things up as I go, but I have not had much practice trying to write out the creatures of my imagination so that others could try to make them too.  I have a feeling this will be an adventure :)

more art mitten

14. December 2010 09:17
by Jobo
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Link to Luc-et-Luc Interview!

14. December 2010 09:17 by Jobo | 4 Comments

Ruttiger and I were on TV last Sunday Night... talking about fiber arts and yarn, and rabbits of course! The interview is in French, but there are videos of us in the studio also (at around 54 minutes).  Follow the link near the centre bottom of the page where you see my name and "December 12"!

http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/acadie/emissions/emission.asp?pk=751

More to come later this week on the fibery stuff... I've been a little under the weather, but I'm coming along!

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