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8. March 2010 11:15
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Caterpillars...

8. March 2010 11:15 by Jobo | 6 Comments

ok...  The title seems random...  But the color of this yarn reminds me of Caterpillars!  Greens, Greys, Black, and a hint of Rust here and there.  When we were little we used to see lots of fuzzy little many-legged creatures in the back yard while playing outside :)


This is only the first little skein in what will be a 4 skein series...  at approximately 160 yards of fingering weight, navajo 3-ply.  I am tempted to jump in and start knitting this guy up, but alas, I should probably keep on spinning before I do too much more scheming. 

The fiber here is some Hand Dyed Polwarth, in 4 ounce bags, from London-Wul over in Moncton.  I have 2 bags... so 8 ounces total.

I was drawn to the colors immediately but when I dug into the bag,  I found that there isn't really any kind of shade distribution in the roving.  Really, it's just random splashes of color - which I don't mind - but there are long sections that are only lime green, and others that are only black and really dark colors.  It would have been nice to have a more predictable variance maybe.  There were also a few felted bits from the dyeing process.  Overall I am pleased with the fiber, and the finished yarn is delectable... but I think I will ask to open up the bag and examine the roving next time I buy this product, just to get an idea of the dyeing pattern before I take it home.


I'll post some more pics when the rest of the pile has been converted from Fluff to yarn :)

1. March 2010 12:18
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Pleasant Polwarth

1. March 2010 12:18 by Jobo | 1 Comments

blue threeply From this:

- London-Wul Polwarth Top

- Blues and Greys

- 4 oz

to this:

- super soft, bouncy

- 3-ply fingering weight yarn

- approximately 380 yards

I very much enjoyed spinning up this fiber... even though there were a few felted bits in places.  I chose to tear this fiber up into pieces since the colors were not distributed in any even pattern.  I used my handy-dandy postal scale to weigh the torn up chunks and try and make 3 singles of similar length.  In the end I decided to make 2 plies completely baby blue, and the third ply out of the darker shades of blue and grey.  I tried to randomly disperse the colors in the darker 3rd ply.  In the end, my weighing technique was pretty close.  There was a little bit more of the dark single than the others, which I navajo 3-plied just to use it up (around 15 yards)  You can see it in the centre of the skein, about 4 strands of yarn that appear to be all one color.

This skein is destined to become a pair of squishy wonderful socks for ME!  I am thinking maybe something with cables in it?  since the yarn is very basic in color...

Happy Yarn Monday!

6. January 2010 17:17
by Jobo

Afternoon Delight Socks? Done and Delicious

6. January 2010 17:17 by Jobo | 2 Comments

This pair took me a little longer than most, not because it was a difficult knit, but because i wasn't able to memorize the chart!  Nonetheless, I really enjoyed working on these rosy pink socks!

afternoondelightsocks I found overall that I liked the feel of the Yarn (Heidi's By Hand - purchased at London-Wul) but it was a little bit thinner than some of the other sock yarns I've used lately.  In the end I decided to knit the "large" size listed in the pattern.  Usually my feet are about a medium, size 7-8 or so depending on the style of shoe.  The wool is a little bit stiff, so I am interested to see how much it will soften up after a warm bath.  I'll keep you posted on that.  In the end, I think the gentle shifting of color was just right for this pattern? not enough to distract from the detail of the lace, but enough to keep this knitter amused and intrigued

The lace pattern itself was quite entertaining? and kept me on my toes.  Though I was not able to take them with me on the road, they did keep me amused and happily glued to "Joy of Sox" for the duration.  Most lace patterns have repeats of motifs and whatnot at regular intervals? this motif didn't really.  There were some sections of the pattern repeat where every second row was simply knit plain, and other sections where there was patterning and the shifting stitches with each row.  In some ways the uniqueness was a pain in the derriere (padded though it was from Holiday Overeating) but mostly it was refreshing compared to 6 row repeating lace.

Since these are toe-up, they also have a unique heel construction.  This one is somewhere between a toe up gusset and a short rows, combining some of the elements of both styles.  I won't lie.  I ended up making a boo boo and ripping back the heel on the first sock, and then repeated my error on the second and having to do the heel on that one twice also.  I think if I hadn't been trying to finish them up in a hurry late at night things would have been okay.  Note:  If you follow the pattern, it IS correct? it's my interpretation that was flawed ;)  The following day, with adequate chocolate intake, I was able to see my problem and fix it quite efficiently.



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