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11. October 2010 11:08
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Corgi Hill Farm Batts!

11. October 2010 11:08 by Jobo | 0 Comments

MataHari Batts 1

Purple-licious!  These lovely poofy, sparkly, smooth, rolled up batts are "Mata Hari" a blend of Drum Carded Merino, Silk and Firestar from Corgi Hill Farm....

I showed zero willpower. I began to spin immediately.

A friend over at All for Love of Yarn asked me to spin these batts up for her in exchange for some yummy hand dyed yarn!  One look at the photos she sent and I knew that I wanted to spin this... and the batts are even more beautiful in person.

I have 5.4 oz to play with... and am aiming for DK weight 3-ply

:)

5. October 2010 10:51
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Finished Della Socks!

5. October 2010 10:51 by Jobo | 2 Comments

What a Fun Knit!  (I even talked my mom into trying a pair of these puppies... hers look great too!)

Della Socks finished 2

I like the contrast between the leg and foot patterns, and for some reason I am really pleased with the garter stitch "Anklets" too!  All in all, this pair has been a pleasure to knit, and has had enough uniqueness and unusual additions to keep the whole thing fresh and interesting - from Zigzagging Cuff to Kitchenered Toes.

Della Socks finished 6 The Yarn is what really steals the show though... This Yarn was the special skein I won over on Violently Domestic from the lovely Hunter Hammersen! 

In case you didn't read the previous post... Hunter is one of my Sock Rock-Star Idols... go check out her patterns!  They are fantastic!  and plus she has a new book coming out in December.  I preordered mine last week!

Back to the Yarn... it is Sirius 100% Merino Sock Yarn in "Sky Pirate" from Barking Dog Yarns 

The Blues, Teals and Purples were a challenge to capture accurately on camera, but I think the top photo shows it most clearly (notice my helper?  he made sure someone had sniffed and walked allllll over the socks the prerequisite number of times before the photos were taken)

The yarn itself has a nice feel in the skein, and an equally pleasing feel in the finished socks.  It is plied tightly enough to make a smooth tight fabric, but still retains it's bounce and stretch too. 

The dye job created just enough pooling interest for my liking.  I have cast on for this pattern several times before with different yarns, but I wasn't sure how I'd like the pooling and flashing around the chevron portion of the leg.... so I had decided to err on the side of caution and try something else for those yarns.  I'm really glad I just jumped in with both feet (hardy-har... Feet!)on choosing this yarn and pattern to go together, because I really like the end result.

I have another pink skein of yarn from this company... a Cashmere blend too!  I can't wait to find the perfect pattern for it and get started on that someday.

Della Socks finished 4

27. September 2010 11:02
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Handspun Merino laceweight

27. September 2010 11:02 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Leftover from a dyeing experiment... I had a small amount of rich brown and charcoal merino top sitting around the studio.  In a fit of "startitis" I decided I needed to spin something new... but something that wouldn't take forever to finish.  I have enough epic projects going on these days it seems.

bog in the hand

It's hard to describe the color exactly of the finished yarn... it kind of reminds me of the brownish black color of peat moss, which is why I'm calling it my "Peat Bog" yarn. 

I spun it as fine as I could manage on my Ashford Traveler... using a new-to-me technique of wrapping the fine single around one of the hooks an extra time to slow the uptake onto the bobbin.  I was surprised that even that one wrap made a big difference in the fineness of the single I could make.  I know that some spinners have added extra hooks to the back of the flyer so they can cross lace a fine single... and I can totally see how useful this would be.  I guess I will have to keep my eyes open for some small hooks I can install.  I was hesitant to just add the regular Ashford replacement ones in case I might split the flyer wood, but maybe a teeny weeny hook or two would be ok.  I can definitely see the appeal to this kind of spinning.

bog skeined 2 

The final yardage count is around 200 yards, and the yarn falls somewhere around light fingering.  The yarn has been whispering to me that it wants to be a scarflette or small shawl, but I haven't completely made up my mind on this.  I have an idea for a bit of a franken-shawl... perhaps a few patterns morphed into one?  All I know is I want it to be lacy, and it will likely start out as a stockinette triangle something like "Ishbel" (Ysolda Teague) or "Little Shells" (Holly Griffin-Weidner)

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