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28. July 2010 09:55
by Jobo

Knitting away... Where IS that Camera?

28. July 2010 09:55 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Summertime... ahhhhhhh.  Love the bright summer sun, and warm days.  But somehow, I haven't managed to take any knitting photos in the last week! 

The Projects:

- Plain Black Ribbed Men's Socks:  Yes I am completely insane.  I love the way they are turning out, but 3x1 ribbing for an entire sock, especially at a men's size 10... it feels like these are going on forever and ever!  I hope to take some photos of these soon, but seriously folks, they are PLAIN BLACK SOCKS.  period.  not much to see here!

- New Russian Spindle!  I ordered the most wonderful little Russian supported spindle from Gripping Yarns with hopes of learning to spin very fine Angora yarns from my soon-to-be ample supply of beautiful, supersoft, silver blue angora.  So far I've spun the sample that came with the spindle (which is the finest yarn I've ever spun, hands down) and a small sample of pure white plucked angora (not sure which angora breed, didn't say on the bag)  I absolutely love this spindle... from the feel of the wood under my fingers to the way it spins.  Clearly I need a bunch more practice before I make anything substantial from it, but the majority of my daydreams the last few days are all about this Spindle!jobo and rut 2

- Liesl:  Progress is being made, but I am annoyed with the tangles of yarn hanging off this sweater as I knit the sleeves.  I had been avoiding casting off or tying anything in... just in case I needed to frog.  I think I need to get rid of some of the hangers-on though.   I think my first goal should be to cast off the hem.  That will be easy to undo if necessary, and hopefully I won't need to anyways.  First things first eh?

- Ruttiger: The cutest little fuzzbutt around decided he wanted to sit completely on my lap this morning for the usual eating of the kibbles... I think he is learning to trust me more and more, which makes me feel like less of an inept Bunny-Momma.  He is so cute and has such a silly little personality... I could just eat him up.  And since Nobody *Ahem*Marky*Cough ever thinks to take our picture... We did it ourselves last night, rut rut and I, so from arms length with a crappy camera phone:  here we are! (Ignore the bad hair day... focus on cute furry wabbit!)

19. July 2010 11:35
by Jobo

Liesl: Compelling Cardigan, Quick Knit with Satisfying Results!

19. July 2010 11:35 by Jobo | 3 Comments


For some reason? the idea of knitting myself a *fitted* garment still scares the heck out of me.   Maybe this stems from the fact that I have always had issues with the way that clothes fit?

I am three apples tall? a fair bit under the five foot mark, though with my affinity for high heeled shoes you might not have realized at this point!  my 4 foot 10 inch frame, as one can imagine, does not always lend itself to clothing fitting right off the rack.

I shorten everything.  Jeans?  generally at least 3 inches needs to be removed from each pair.  Dresses?  Let the bust out, bring the hem up, blah blah blah.  Sweaters?  they either fit or they don?t.  I always feel badly for the clothing store clerks when they see me coming out of the dressing room with a ginormous armload of outfits?  Clerk:  ?So you?ll be taking those then??  Me: ?um nope, that?s the No Pile?  Sigh.

So not surprisingly, a standard Cardigan ? I fear ? when knitted exactly as intended to the letter of the pattern? Will likely not fit.  I know I will need to deviate from the pattern at some point to customize the piece to fit my shorter and slightly rounder figure.  (Yes, I *would* like another bowl of icecream? thank you.  It?s summertime.)

Liesl (by Scottish knitter and designer Ysolda Teague ? available for sale here)  seemed like a good first time foray into the world of fitted garments. 

The piece is cast on at the neck line, and knit from the top down.  You can stop, try it on, and then continue knitting to see how it fits.  The entire body is knit in one piece, and then the arms are done by picking up stitches and then continuing down until the desired length is reached.  It sounds simple? knit, try it on, repeat until satisfied.  Even I should be able to do that.

The Fabric is a very open lace knit on large needles.  This means it is Stretchy? and hopefully fairly forgiving.  Also, because it knits up fast, I hope that if I mess up, it won?t take too long to redo.  I made a mistake a few years ago on a ?jacket? style sweater, and I would have had to frog nearly the entire thing to fix it.  I opted to keep it, mistake and all, and as a result I only wear it if I am completely freezing? and no-one will see me in it!Malabrigo4

Another bonus is that this pattern can be knit from THREE (yes only Three) skeins of Malabrigo Worsted.  The non-knitters out there are probably thinking ? what is this Malabrigo, and why is she going so nuts about it?

  This. Yarn.  Is.  One.  Of.  The.  SOFTEST.  Things.  On.  The.  Planet!

Normally, the thought of spending money on enough yarn to knit a cardigan, and then potentially messing up said cardigan and never finishing it? would terrify me to the point that I wouldn?t take the chance.  For most cardigan style projects the yarn can be costly.  One particular wool cardigan I had considered for a while would require that I buy 8-9 balls of a specific yarn? which cost 10.50$ Canadian per ball!  If I knew I would love the finished sweater, than I could be ok with that.

Liesl, only requiring 3 balls of Malabrigo at a cost of 10$ a piece? means only a 30$ Investment.  I can live with that.

As you can see? (yes, that is my new bathroom? why do you ask?)  I have completed the yoke and main body of the cardigan and have moved on to the sleeves.  Number one is almost completed, and I plan to start on Number two if the humidity/heat wave ever lets up.  It?s been too hot in the evenings to have a cardigan laying over my lap.

I hope to finish this in the next week or so? and then attach the Vintage Mother-of-Pearl Button that was rescued from my Grandmother?s fantastic Button Stash.  It was a one of a kind? so this will be a perfect way to showcase it!

24. May 2010 09:30
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: MMMMMMalabrigo!

24. May 2010 09:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ever since my first forays into Ravelry... I have wanted to try working with Malabrigo.  The reputation for super soft, squishy singles, with beautiful kettled dyed shades - how can a knitter resist?  Seriously!


So when I was in Moncton last week at Cricket Cove, and they had a whole gigantic rack of this stuff, and in practically every color too... I really really had to resist the urge to knock the rack over and spend the afternoon rolling around in Malabrigo fantasticness!

I have been wanting to make myself a cardigan for a while, but I have not had great luck with creating fitted garments to my *coughROUNDahem* body shape.  Ysolda Teague's Liesl only takes 3 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted, so the investment is fairly reasonable, and the cardigan itself is made up of Feather and Fan style lace, so I think it should be fairly forgiving as far as size goes too.  I have a couple of vintage buttons from my Grandmother's button jar... one of which is about an inch across, round, made of shell or mother or pearl.  I think it will make a great match with this steely blue color too :)

malabrigo2 Mmmmmalabrigo - Stone Blue #99

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