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8. September 2010 08:00
by Jobo
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Spinning Alaskan Malamute... Making Progress

8. September 2010 08:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

ball of malamute yarnI finally have enough yarn spun to make the hat... I think!  Things have been crazy around our house the last few weeks with a friend's wedding, and a few unforeseen events ("Earl" and some impromptu home renos) and I was feeling like I really wasn't making enough progress on my commissioned projects.

<-- this is my latest skein... 50/50 Alaskan Malamute / Merino - approximately 125 yds somewhere between Sport and Worsted weight traditional 3-ply.

Samiah's owner and I had decided a few weeks ago on a slightly lacy texture for our hat/mitts/cowl set - using a common diagonal lace pattern as the cornerstone.  I found a few patterns that fit the description, but I will have to adapt them all in some way I think to make it all come together.  The cowl and hat are fairly straightforward, but I think the mittens will require the most tweaking of the bunch.

Either way, it feels good to be making a little progress.  After the skein was washed and hung to dry, I got my workstation ready:  Subject measurements, measuring tape, various sized needles, pattern examples, chocolate bar... and when the yarn was dry and skeined, I set out on the hat. 

More hat pictures later in the week :)  I've finished the cuff, and I'm already about 3 inches up into the main body of the hat!

9. August 2010 12:29
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday is Baaaack! Barking Dog Yarns

9. August 2010 12:29 by Jobo | 2 Comments

barking dog card I was lucky enough to win a pattern and yarn draw a few weeks ago from Hunter Hammersen over at Violently Domestic... which included a fantastic free skein of 100% Merino Squishable goodness from Barking Dog Yarns.

Well my Package arrived last week, and I am finally getting around to showing you the photographs :)

When I found out I had won a skein, I thought that this would be a perfect time to order another skein too (as a test, you know, erm, to see what the rest of her stuff was like!  as if I need a reason to buy more yarn at this point)  So I also ordered a skein of her Cashmere / Merino Blend.  I love the colors!  It was really hard to decide!

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Above:   Rune Merino Cashmere Nylon 80/10/10 in "Oklahoma Rose"

Below:  Sirius 100% Fine Merino Superwash in "Sky Pirate"

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the envelope/baggie the yarns came in was how light and soft the yarn was.  In true Jobo Fashion, I could not wait the 30 second drive from the mailbox to the house to tear into the package.  I knew what it was, and I wanted it open NOW.  This yarn did not disappoint!  The pinks and purples are so soft and girly - the cashmere is so soft and lovely.  No doubt about it, this skein MUST become a shawl or scarf of some kind.  It needs to be close to the skin.  The vibrant blues and purples of "Sky Pirate" are difficult to photograph and even lovelier in person.  They remind me of the Caribbean ocean with it's teal and blue waters, with some indigo and violet shadows.  I will have to make the most special pair of socks yet to do it justice!

Suzan's customer service is fast fast fast, and completely top notch!  You will love her yarns... Pop over and take a Peek :)

23. July 2010 09:00
by Jobo
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I won I won! and I got an email from Hunter Hammersen

23. July 2010 09:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

So I'm just working away... and BAM!  I get an email from Hunter Hammersen pop up in my email notification...  and I think to myself:  "that's the woman who designs those cool socks!"   <<insert squeal of delight>>

I've won a contest from the blog Violently Domestic - Hunter's newest sock pattern AND a skein of Yarn from Barking Dog Yarns!

I have been watching Hunter's patterns online for a while now... hoping that someday I'd get to make one especially admiring "popped" and "nugatory."  I've been keeping my eye on yarns and waiting until the right one came along to match one of the patterns. 

Well I guess it's going to be quite easy to decide now! 

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<-----"Sky Pirate" 100% Fine Merino Sock Yarn from Barking Dog Yarns

 

 

 

 

 

Nugatory - by Hunter Hammersen  ------------------------------------------>

 

 

I can't wait for the mail to get here :)

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