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7. January 2011 15:47
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Allegheny Muse KAL... beaded lace!

7. January 2011 15:47 by Jobo | 1 Comments

A friend (Kim over at A Tail of Two Goldens) suggested that we should do a post-holiday Knit-A-Long for fun to mellow out and enjoy some good knitterly company after the rat race that is the holidays.  Perfect Idea!

So we met up last week for tea and treats... and chose a pattern and some yarn.  In addition to the knitting and chatting... I finally got to meet our hero and golden champion, Ernie!  (and his Little Bro Ollie too of course!)

After much deliberation and yarn fondling, we decided that whatever the KAL would be... it should include beads.  That helped to narrow things down to probably a shawl.  Names of fabulous designers were passed around (Jared Flood, Ysolda Teague, Rosemary Hill, and the like) when Kim suggested a great pattern by a relative newcomer - Kerry Milani.  After browsing the rav pattern page, it was unanimous, we would be doing the crescent shawl Allegheny Muse... and maybe next time something from "Romi"

barking dog olklahoma rose I have been sitting on a beautiful skein of Cashmere Blend fingering weight yarn from Barking Dog Yarns since the summer... and I think it fits this project beautifully!  I had originally thought that maybe I would make fancy socks from it, but the squishy softness was just so irresistable, I think it's a better idea to make a shawl out of it.  This way it will get touched and worn more often, and hopefully will have a long and useful life.

The color is "Oklahoma Rose" - and the yarn is 80% Merino / 10% Cashmere / 10% Nylon

And more about the pattern... "Allegheny Muse" is a crescent shaped shawl that is knit from the "bottom" up in a lacy beaded design, and then specially placed short rows create the upper plain knit portion and define the shape.  This is a new construction technique for me... and to be quite honest, until I set out to cast on, I thought that the plain knitting part at the top would be worked first!  oops!  My Bad.

I opted for the beaded eyelet cast on... I decided that the plain cast on of 200+ stitches might put me off to a less than ideal start.  I'm not great at being patient with ridiculously long cast-ons (*stamps feet and scrunches up face*) but somehow it seemed like a better idea to me to try and fandangle a crochet hook, a knitting needle, and a teensy-tiny beading crochet hook and a small bowl of size E seed beads all at the same time to make a *simpler* edging for myself.  Sigh.  I realize that I'm a little cracked. 

start allegheny museSurprisingly enough, after the first repeat of chains and YO's (and one official spilling of the bead bowl) I got the hang of the cast on.  I really like the way that the beads sit on the points.  Even though this was the first time I've worked this shape of shawl, I think I am going to like doing the lacy part first!  Save the boring basic knitting for later!  Bring on the crazy beads and lace!

I've been trying not to get carried away and go too far on the shawl until Kim catches up... which hasn't been all that difficult with the number of other Works-in-Progress that are lying around the house these days.  I've been quilting away, spinning, and knitting too!  My goal is to do 2 - 4 rows a day on this, and just roll with it!

So here she is - "the Muse" posing with a sparkly holiday ornament (which coincidentally matches the silvery foil lined beads)

allegheny muse edge with beads and sparkle

Want to join in?  Pop on over to Kerry Milani's Ravelry page and pick up a copy of Allegheny Muse for yourself!

26. November 2010 11:07
by Jobo
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Moody Blue Mittens.... completed minus lining...

26. November 2010 11:07 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I've been chugging along on my Christmas knitting... trying to make a little progress each day.  Last night, I completed the outer shell of my Moody Blue Mittens... and got the Angora/Merino Blend carded up to start on the linings asap.

christy mittens 

Here they are... complete with the shiny Mother-of-Pearl Buttons and tiny cable cuffs.  I really like the way this yarn has knit up... the 3-ply really did break up the colors from the roving, and gave a nice overall grey/blue coloring. 

I decided against doing a full button plackett, and instead settled on a small button "tab" as it were. The square buttons I had originally considered for this project turned out to be too angular for the mittens.  In the end, I think the round shape compliments the girly cable ribbing better, especially since the mittens are not such a feminine color - they needed some softness to balance out the design.

angora lining

I've carded up the lining blend... 10 - 15% Angora... and started spinning a bit of it too.  The drum carder really comes in handy with carding large batches of fiber.  I was able to blend all 3 ounces I needed in about 30 minutes, which is great!  I wanted the lining to have a bit of soft fuzzy halo, but not so much that it would shed, or be excessively warm.  These mittens already have a nice lofty 100% merino outer shell, if I had made the linings with 100% Merino, they likely would have been too warm to wear (unless you live in Nunavut!)

As for the outer shells themselves... I just have to tie in the dreaded ends, and they are complete :)

christy mittens 2

16. November 2010 05:03
by Jobo
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Moody Blues: Hand dyed Roving becomes Yarn!

16. November 2010 05:03 by Jobo | 0 Comments

christys yarn

christys yarn 3Why is it that Blue is such a difficult color to photograph?   I love the way this yarn has turned out... a rich, broody, muddy blue mix.  The teal strands show up beautifully against the greys and blacks and navys in the mix.  This yarn is definetly a worsted-chunky weight, and at 3-ply, the color is broken up enough to give the whole thing an overall blue appearance.  My goal was to make something that would match well with blue jeans - and I think I've achieved it :)

Of course, because this skein was spun while chatting with the ladies in our spinning circle at the Maritime Handspinners' Retreat there are a few thick or thin spots, but I don't think this will be a problem for the finished garment.  I always strive to have even yarns, but in the end, the knitting process seems to gloss over any subtle differences. 

The next step... will be to set to work designing the mittens!  (I've already done a bit of swatching, as you might have noticed a mittenish shaped swatch with the Angora Merino Bamboo batts on yesterday's Yarn Candy Monday Post)

 

christys yarn2I also have plans to pair this yarn up with some classy Mother of Pearl Buttons (likely square-ish or rectangular in shape) and a moss or cable stitched button plackett across the back of the hand for good measure.  I think the green-y blue-y lavender-ry shimmer of mother of pearl will be just what this yarn needs to pick up those tones in the finished mitten.

My other plan is to knit the outer shell of the mitten to be nice and roomy, and then line them with a soft, luxurious Angora Blend of some sort for extra warmth and comfort.  The batts I carded on the weekend (you can see here) were originally intended for this purpose, but I might be getting attached to them... likely since they are the first real sample of my fur-baby's fluff.  Time will tell if I can let them go to a commissioned project.  They are for a special lady, so maybe I will be able to share ;)

I hope the eventual recipient likes them... I have a feeling I will have a difficult time letting them go once they are done...

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