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24. November 2009 08:00
by Jobo
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Sky Rockets in Flight... Afternoon Delight..

24. November 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Afternoon Delight SocksNo… Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT too young to know the words to this song… my parents always listened to the local “Golden Oldies” radio station so I am fully versed in old/obscure music ;)joy of sox

But back on topic… “Afternoon Delight” is one interesting sock!  I decided to use some Heidi’s By Hand sock yarn that I picked up over at London Wul last summer and just go for it. 

The pattern is one by Sivia Harding and can be found in Joy of Sox along with a whole bunch of other neat patterns.  Every time I look through the book I talk myself into making another pattern from it… dangerous!  I particularly like that the book is bound spiral ring and will lie open flat, which is a plus for hands-free reading and knitting.  I hope to do a more thorough review of the book once I’ve had a chance to make a few more patterns from it.

I am really enjoying this pattern… nice clear charts and descriptions (though there is an errata, which I had identified before starting by looking at the lovely socks already completed by fellow ravellers) and the design itself is fun to work on.  I haven’t been able to memorize the lace chart, but all of the practice “reading” my own knitting has really paid off because I can pick up my knitting and know where I am without having to write anything down.   The toe-up heel is a little different compared to others I’ve tried so far, but seems to have a nice fit.  I guess there are many different ways to skin a cat?

Berries and Wine Yarn for web2The yarn itself has a nice feel… a little more “tough” than squishy soft, but I know that will make for some more hard-wearing socks.  In some ways, it feels like Kroy I think.  I do this Heidi’s by hand to be a little thinner than some of the Merino yarns I’ve used lately, but I think once the finished socks get a good soak and a blocking they will soften up a bit.

Berries and Wine Yarn for webThe pinky purples are definitely what I needed for this project though!  In the book, Sivia’s original socks are knit in a tone-on-tone aqua blue, with little bits of darker and lighter colors, but overall a blended shade that reminds me of the bottom of a pool.  I decided to omit the beads, mostly because I didn’t think that beads would be very comfortable inside shoes.  It’s kind of too bad really, because pearl beads would have been really sharp, don’t you think?

I currently have both socks cast on… one of which is up past the heel, and the other which is just coming up to the gusset increases for the heel.  My goal is to get them both up to the same past heel point, and then divide the remaining yarn left in the ball in half so I can try and knit these up as far as possible.  I am not sure if I will have enough to make knee highs, or if I will decided to continue in that direction when the time comes anyways.  (I like wearing knee high socks, but have never managed to knit socks that ambitious)

  Afternoon Delight Socks2

8. June 2009 17:19
by Jobo
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Playing with Polwarth

8. June 2009 17:19 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Some time ago on a girls shopping trip I bought some hand dyed polwarth top... over at London-Wul



It had looked so cutsie in it's little bag I couldn't help myself really.  I bought 2 bags of 1/4 lb each (about 8 ounces total) and started spinning the first bag over the weekend.  I thought they were the same dye lot, but today when I went to dig in to bag number two I got a surprise... erm... well sort of.  bag number two had a bunch more vivid blue and dark grey bits than the first one!  I guess they will have to be separate projects now since I have 2 bobbins of singles done already and can't incorporate the new coloured bits all throughout the yarn.  I'm a little disappointed, but I guess it will be okay in the end.  This is lovely stuff, very soft and straight, spins effortlessly really.

Here is what the first bag looks like spun into singles:



Mostly grey and blue shades, this bag is more homogeneous with less variation in both colors of grey and blue, whereas the second bag has a bigger range of colour.  I'm toying with the idea of abandonning my original plan of making a  traditional 3 ply for my mom to make mittens out of... I'm just not sure what I can make of it instead.  Will have to ponder this one for a bit I think.

Here is the pic of the 2nd bag... Anyone got any ideas?



I suppose I could 2 ply it, using one dye lot for each ply... but then that's no good for mittens (which was the reason for the purchase originally)

Noob mistake... not looking at all the fiber before starting!  if I had looked I probably would have planned differently.  ugh.

19. April 2009 19:51
by Jobo
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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: 




Blueberries:

 




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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