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2. February 2011 10:13
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WIP Wednesday: Still on the Stole!

2. February 2011 10:13 by Jobo | 0 Comments

strawberries feb 2 2011I've been working back and forth on various projects... but consistantly making the effort to do a few rows on the Strawberries Stole every few days.  I'm finding that if I work on it regularly, I keep my brain and fingers nimble to the style and pattern.  I think if I waited for months and months, I'd have to go back and really read my reference book again for the border (which I am doing completely from memory now)

I am trying to decide how long to make the stole in the end... with some difficulty.  I've never actually worn a *real* stole.  I've worn other scarves in a style like a stole (draped around my shoulders) but I've never really seen what a proper one feels like.  At this point, unstretched, with less than 2 of the diamonds completed the stole is as high as the back of my couch!  I am thinking I might do 3 complete repeats and then pseudo-block and see how much length I am getting (i.e. pin it to the bed, unwashed, and just see how much it will stretch).  The width of the stole nearly doubles when stretched a similar amount to what I think I will have to do when blocking... so will the length double also?  I'm thinking it will likely be at least another 50%?

You can see the ball of thread in the bottom right of the photo... I just joined ball number 2 (about 10 rows ago) and it looks like I have a lot more than I originally thought I would.  The yarn is so thin, that the size of the ball is misleading.  I didn't bother to skein up the second half this time.  I just spun, plied, and then balled up the yarn so I could knit with it right away.  I didn't wash the first bit, so I figured there was no point in washing the second bit either!  with Lace, the wash and block is so important, I know that process will finish the yarn anyways.

If I keep up this progress rate... I might have ole "Strawberry" completed by the end of February!

26. January 2011 09:48
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WIP Wednesday: Silver Strawberries Orenburg-Style Stole

26. January 2011 09:48 by Jobo | 0 Comments

russian stole markers are your friendI've been chugging along on my Silver Strawberries Stole... making some progress!

I've finally completed the first "diamond" pattern, which was actually simpler to work than I had originally thought.  I am getting more comfortable "reading" the lace, and just intuitively knowing where each element fits.  I definitely think that putting in stitch markers has helped a lot. By marking the edges of the different patterns, I am able to see exactly where the motifs fit, and I can tell right away if I've completed the proper thing within the correct number of stitches. 

russian stole jan 14 2011

As you can see, semi blocked, it looks like the stole will be at least the width of my couch cushion... so that's 20+ inches.  Now I need to decide how long I want the finished stole to be.  I think I'd like to do at least 4 - 5 repeats of the diamond, but I am not sure whether this will make the right length in the end.  I have enough yarn to make approximately half of the finished stole, so I will knit on, and make up my mind later! 

I can't wait to see what the stitches will look like after a final, more complete blocking either...  Even only semi stretched, I love the way that the lace opens up.  I wasn't sure that I would like the look of lace where the reverse rows were based on garter stitch.  I do like the simplicity of knitting every stitch on the backside (except for the doubled pattern rows of course!) and find it quite a lot faster than purling (for me anyways) but I was afraid it would somehow look less refined than other forms of lace.  Boy was I mistaken, it seems to have it's own charming appeal.  The garter stitch "bumps" that I thought might look frumpy or elementary actually look like little shining waves, and the garter nature makes the fabric feel thicker, like little accordion pleats holding the fabric off of a surface - like floating almost.  I suppose it doesn't hurt that the angora fiber is fluffing up as it is being knit, making a light little halo adding to the floatyness (is floatyness even a word?)

I hope to work more on this in the coming week :)

7. September 2010 10:36
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Yarn Candy Monday: Cashmere Angora 2-ply Heaven

7. September 2010 10:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

upclose angora cashmere2

I love my Russian Spindle... and also the yarns I've been able to spin with it!  This lovely little pile of fluff was my first real amount of yarn made and plied on the Russian - One ply of Angora with one ply of Cashmere!

upclose angora cashmere3 The skein is so light it practically floats off whatever surface is is sitting on! I have two, but I already wound one into a ball so I can start knitting with it asap! (this one is 27 grams... approximately 200 yards)

From 30g of Angora and about 50g of Cashmere I've been able to make around 350 - 375 yards of fine 2-ply.  Some of the sections are a bit thinner than others, but overall they average out to be around a lace weight.

The angora has a light soft halo, and when plied with the creamy cashmere the final yarn color is somewhere around a smoky dusky beige.

I'm really happy with the way this has turned out!  This was my first real attempt at using angora fiber on it's own.  I had done some blended projects with a little angora blended in with other wools, but I hadn't used the fiber pure on it's own.  I really enjoyed the spinning of this little yarn - both the angora and the cashmere parts - and I can't wait to start knitting something out of it!  350 yards should be enough to make a narrow lacy scarf or something!

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