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22. June 2015 12:19
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair Number 5

22. June 2015 12:19 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I'm so behind... my life has been pretty hectic!  I started back to work at my full time job after a year of maternity leave, and I'm just starting to get caught back up on everything.  The one constant - if I don't get to be creative, I go a little stir crazy!  So now I'm going to try and catch you all up on the finished projects from the last few months, and hopefully I'll be able to keep a handle on what's going on a little better now that I spend part of my day on an actual computer!

Back in March, I finished a lovely little pair of purple socks for a friend!  These ended up in my Snobby-Spinners-Swap package for Caryn!  This group is full of wonderful, supportive, fun spinners/weavers/knitters who love working with indy dyers and fancy wools and yarns.  They make fantastic stuff, and I'm so lucky to be a part of their group.  Caryn and I drew each others' names and I decided to knit her socks, since that's what I'm good at.

The pattern is "Johnson's Wave" by Claire Ellen... one of my favorite sock designers... and is available as a free pattern over on Rav.  I chose workhorse yarn... Knitpicks Stroll in Sprinkle Heather.  Together the two made a nice, machine washable, comfortable pair of socks :)

 

8. December 2011 15:47
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Pretty Yarns…

8. December 2011 15:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I gave in to a weak moment last week and ordered some pretty new sock yarns.  I wasn’t going to do that again before the baby arrives, just in case I don’t have time to knit much over the next little bit.  These were just too pretty to resist though:

Dream in Color Starry

This is Dream in Color Starry (Sorry for the link absence… their site is under construction)… which has little sparkly strands of silver incorporated right into the yarn… resulting in a shimmery sparkly yarn.  I’m not sure just how sparkly it looks knit up, but I’ve liked the way other people’s projects looked.  Lately I have a thing for neutrals and browns.  I might end up doing a pair of Cookie A. Socks with this or maybe some Hunter Hammersen Socks… hmmm so many great choices!

String Threory Caper Sock 

And This is String Theory’s Caper Sock… a bouncy, deeply jewel colored, Cashmere Merino Blend.  I tried to capture the gentle sheen and depth of shade… and this is the closest I can get.  This is really really garnet colored yarn.  It’s soft, squishy, and I love it to pieces.  This will need to become a shawl for me.  Not for anybody else… but to be wrapped around my shoulders and neck.  Now I just need to decide… which Romi Hill Pattern will it be :)

13. June 2011 09:21
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday... Belfast Superwash Sock

13. June 2011 09:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Belfast Superwash Sock I went up for a drive to Belfast Mini Mills over the weekend... to check out the latest yarns and fibers, but also to get out of the house.  (Might I add, the Mill has a tea room, and some of the best cinnamon buns I've eaten!)

So, knitterjo and I headed out, and wandered up to the mill, chatted with the lovely ladies at the shop, admired some great handcrafts, petted lots of skeins of yarn, "talked" with some of the animals (an especially vocal goat met us at the car) and enjoyed the sunny Saturday.

Among my treasures, I brought home a few skeins of their new Specialty Sock Blend... a nice soft, squishy, bouncy wool and nylon blend.  I really like the feel of this yarn, but it seems too soft and luxurious to be made into socks.  I know it has nylon in it, but it still doesn't feel like it would be hard-wearing enough for the people I make socks for (ahem, husband's father and my dad) though your mileage may vary.  I'd love to hear how this stuff holds up in real day-to-day shoe wear.

I loved this color.  It's purple-liscious.  It's glowing, heathery, periwinkly purply blue.  When we were kids, I remember this being my sister's color.  She has beautiful red hair, and thusly looks excellent in all shades of plum and purple.  I have always loved this color myself too! 

I hope to make something very un-socky with these skeins... maybe an EZ February Baby Sweater or something... time will tell ;)  I'd hate to burden a new mom with a hand-wash wool item... but hey - this IS in fact Superwash, that makes it better... right?

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