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12. July 2010 14:01
by Jobo

Summer Knitting, and Bunny Antics!

12. July 2010 14:01 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Now that the moving and unpacking is finally under control? I am starting to get back to my usual yarny diversions :)

alexstraza1I have been working on a cowl (Alexstraza - by Robbyn Kenyon) and I just have to tie in the ends and manage some decent photographs! 

I enjoyed this simple project, and was more pleased with the results than I'd have imagined.  I only had a little bit of this yarn, which was my first real useable spindle spun yarn from several years ago. 

The fiber was a merino silk blend sliver from Fleece Artist that I chose from a bin simply on feel and color alone - I had no idea that silk was slippery and challenging! 

So I wanted to use the yarn for something practical, and since I didn't have enough for mittens or anything larger than a hat, a cowl seemed like a reasonable compromise. 

Robbyn's cowl was written as a flat-knit and then seamed at the end, but I decided to do the knitting in the round and forego the sewing part.  There were no charts, only written out rows, but after a repeat or two I had no trouble following along. 

I was a little concerned in the beginning that my yarn would be too *busy* for the dragon-scale lace, but the pattern still shows up reasonably well and makes the stripes in the yarn look like ripples.

Now I just need to do some blocking? the silk already feels nice around the neck, but I think a little soak and pinning will give this a more polished feel.


Ruttiger is also enjoying the sunny summer weather.  He finds things a little hot from time to time, so we try and cool him of by keeping some ceramic tiles and waterbottles in the freezer.  He has been having fun nosing the frozen bottles around his cage, and welcomes a relaxing bunny-flop on a cool tile. 

Here he is just Chillin' Out!

RutRut Chillin

He also loves fresh summer fruit? especially Pineapple!

21. June 2010 09:07
by Jobo

I have been knitting too... I swear!

21. June 2010 09:07 by Jobo | 5 Comments

My knitting time has been a little compromised with the packing and new furry baby bunny distractions... but I swear I HAVE been knitting some too!


imageI started a "Bitterroot" shawl by Rosemary Hill, a free Knitty pattern available online... using some spindle spun yarn I made right after I got my Golding Spindle last year. The wool was a Merino Sliver handpainted by Fleece Artist... and delightfully soft!  you can read more about the yarn itself in another post here.  This yarn is somewhere around fingering weight, though maybe about the thickness of a thinner sock yarn.  The way the 2 plies gradually change from one color to the next, there is a slight heathering and gentle mixing of one color to the next.  I am excited to see how the transitions go :)

I decided that I would try doing the pattern as written even though I only have around 300 yards of yarn.  I can always take a repeat out somewhere when the time comes.  I hope that I don't come to regret the "Fudge-it" strategy on this one.

And of course the prerequisite baby pic... since I know you all wonder how the baby is!  Fuzzy warm and Growing!

Ruttiger June 20 002

18. May 2010 10:19
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday Returns.... With Cashmere!

18. May 2010 10:19 by Jobo | 0 Comments


While visiting in Moncton Yesterday (hence the Yarn Candy Monday actually being a Yarn Candy Tuesday...)  I got to visit Cricket Cove - a great little yarn store.  Among my spoils for the day - Handmaiden Casbah - a super soft Merino Cashmere and Nylon Blend.  I patted it gently most of the way home :) all the while with that "Rock the Casbah" song by The Clash stuck in my head.

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