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2. December 2014 10:57
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Lazy Tuesday Spinning...

2. December 2014 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I find Monday mornings are always busy for catching up from the weekend...  Kat and I went out to buy groceries, while Daddy and Bear were away doing their big kid things.  It seems by the time we tidy a few things up and get a bit organized, the day is over already.

Tuesday, however is usually a bit lazier :)

Currently, the little one is taking her morning nap while I drink my iced coffee and inhale a croissant with Jam.

Keeping me company today is this:

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I bought a bag at last year's handspinners retreat... simply because of the colors!  It's a blend of locally produced wools (cheviot, border Leicester, with a bit of Merino and Nylon added in for good measure) that are carded into a nice lofty true roving.  I usually go for top, so this is not my normal preparation. 

20141202_103915 About a year ago I had just grabbed the bag and a spindle and went off to the races with no real plan in mind - just to spin it by "feel" and see where the adventure might take me.  I ended up spinning supported on a lovely little Texas Jeans Russian Support Spindle... in kind of a modified long draw.  The roving just glides into a medium fine single with so very little effort that the spindle just seems to fill itself! 

As you can see... there are various stages on the go here - raw roving, a spindle cop basically ready to wind off, and a plying ball resting in my white porcelain bowl.  The singles are nice and heathery... in shades from navy to plum, ocean blue to teal.

1. December 2011 14:46
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More Holiday Knitting? Man Socks? and a rant about ribbing.

1. December 2011 14:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Every year I end up knitting at least a few pairs of ?Man Socks?? aka plain, bland colored, utilitarian, simple, large socks.  Each year it seems, they are for a different person, but nonetheless ? plain ribbed men?s socks. 

Ribbing is my arch enemy!  My nemesis, as it were.  I can knit complicated lace until the cows come home.  Fast.  But put me in front of a garment made up entirely of basic 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing, even seed stitch (that?s just alternating K and P? which is also Ribbing!) and I am paralyzed.  Knitting ribbing seems to take eons.  I know it?s likely all in my head, because I don?t have a problem switching between knit and purl for other things, but ribbing ? oh how I hate thee!  Even though you look beautiful and orderly and elegant in your straight lines.

Kevin's Belfast Wool Socks

Now don?t get me wrong? I know the recipient will love these socks, and they will get worn to pieces, and keep the lucky person?s feet nice and toasty ? but I find knitting plain men?s socks to be complete torture!  I love it when I find a man who will accept a sock with a little cable in it, or a bit of a ?design? to it because I know I?ll be able to finish the more ?complicated? sock in half the time of the plain ribbing ones.  I?ve knit lace socks with all-over lace in less time than knitting a small pair of plain ribbed ones.  Maybe I just get bored with ribbing?  where patterning keeps my brain active and I feel more engaged by the knitting?  who knows.

This pair is made from Belfast Mini Mills Merino/Nylon Blend Sock Yarn in a lovely bittersweet chocolate color.  I found the yarn to be a bit splitty in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.  This is my improvised plain Man Sock? basically a toe up variety in 1x4 ribbing for everything except the sole, and of course a slipped stitch heel for some extra cushion.  I used up the majority of 2 skeins? one per sock.

30. March 2011 08:29
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Greensleeves.... er socks...

30. March 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 1 Comments

    greensleeves back to back

I have a soft spot for Knit Picks sock yarns.  Ok there.  I admitted it.  Seriously though, the value is excellent, and the selection is fun.

Some time ago, I had unconsciously decided to steer away from self striping or self-patterning yarns.  I think maybe it was because I had been doing more cabled and lace patterned socks, so the stripes and fancy yarns tended to get in the way of the design.

Lately, there have been a bunch of great colors in the self striping selection from Felici (a 75% Superwash Merino /25% Nylon) Blend Sock Yarn.

Every now and again, I just feel the need to make some plain jane, vanilla, boring, ordinary socks.  The kind where you don't follow a pattern, you don't really plan ahead, you just go for it.

This pair had languished for a while.  I had started them months ago (back before the Maritime Handspinner's Retreat back in October!) but somehow had gotten ignored in the Jeep.  These were my "Car" knitting project, and I kind of forgot they were there!

 

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The Goods:

Pattern:  Made up as I Went! Knit from the toe up, 2-at-a-time on circulars, afterthought heels.  No regard given to whether the yarns were at the same point in the color progression at the starting point.  result - clearly related, but more fraternal than identical.

I really like the fact that these "match" but aren't identical.  I love how the heels and toes look different when you wear them.  Felici is soft and comfortable to wear... though I haven't had the heart to really break these in yet.  They're too pretty to wear out too quickly!  I had underestimated how much yarn was left when I started the cuffs.  Normally I don't enjoy knitting ribbing, so I don't work too much of it in a cuff.  If I make it to 2 inches, I'm doing well.  So when I realized I had so much yarn left, I really didn't want to frog and knit more stockinette and then re-do the cuff.  I just persevered and knit on... in ribbing... forever.  The result is a nice stretchy, soft, springy cuff though.  I can see why people like that feeling, and I don't think the socks will slip down as easily. Drat.  The ribbing, it does *nothing*, is actually useful, and I should consider making more of it perhaps.  Drat!

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