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8. November 2010 08:20
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Purplelicious 3-Ply!

8. November 2010 08:20 by Jobo | 1 Comments

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MataHari Batts 1It's a veritable Purple-palooza of Purpleness!  I finished this skein a little while ago, but because it was enroute to it's owner's home, I couldn't show photos... for fear of ruining the surprise!  This yarn began it's life as a Corgi Hill Batt... which was then purchased by a lovely knitter/spinner, who wasn't sure she could spin the yarn she wanted from it... so it got mailed to *Me* and I had the pleasure of whipping it into skein form :)

The journey was a very fun one too :)  This was my first time using a Corgi Hill Product (though I've been checking them out and drooling over their goodies for some time now...) and it definitely won't be my last!  The merino, silk, firestar blend was just too much fun!  The finished product was a little bit more sparkly than I would have liked for myself, but it sounds like the yarn will be just perfect for what the client had in mind. 

Since I had a set of stitch markers that matched so closely (and I rarely use markers, as of yet anyways)  I decided to send them along :)  It's fun to knit with matching accessories...

I can't wait to see what she makes from it!

8. September 2010 08:00
by Jobo
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Spinning Alaskan Malamute... Making Progress

8. September 2010 08:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

ball of malamute yarnI finally have enough yarn spun to make the hat... I think!  Things have been crazy around our house the last few weeks with a friend's wedding, and a few unforeseen events ("Earl" and some impromptu home renos) and I was feeling like I really wasn't making enough progress on my commissioned projects.

<-- this is my latest skein... 50/50 Alaskan Malamute / Merino - approximately 125 yds somewhere between Sport and Worsted weight traditional 3-ply.

Samiah's owner and I had decided a few weeks ago on a slightly lacy texture for our hat/mitts/cowl set - using a common diagonal lace pattern as the cornerstone.  I found a few patterns that fit the description, but I will have to adapt them all in some way I think to make it all come together.  The cowl and hat are fairly straightforward, but I think the mittens will require the most tweaking of the bunch.

Either way, it feels good to be making a little progress.  After the skein was washed and hung to dry, I got my workstation ready:  Subject measurements, measuring tape, various sized needles, pattern examples, chocolate bar... and when the yarn was dry and skeined, I set out on the hat. 

More hat pictures later in the week :)  I've finished the cuff, and I'm already about 3 inches up into the main body of the hat!

14. December 2009 11:05
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Alpacas of Newfoundland!

14. December 2009 11:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

We went on a fantastic trip to Newfoundland for a Family Wedding back in October (09) and I got to go and visit an alpaca farm while we were there:  Alpacas of Newfoundland!alpacas of nfld yarn

The farm itself is located right alongside the ocean, on a little peninsula with a fantastic view… we arrived in the off season, so thankfully the owner arrived home at just the right time so we could get a little tour and check out the gift shop too.  The animals were very inquisitive and came right over to check us out as soon as we got out of the truck.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring my camera, so I don’t have any live pictures… but believe me, each one had their own unique personality… I couldn’t get over the big brown expressive eyes :)

I purchased 2 x 50 g balls of their signature 100% Alpaca Yarn (Approximately sport weight) in a natural white color to try and make some mittens with.  This yarn was made in Peru and is super soft.  When knit up it will have a gentle soft halo (I got to see some mittens made from this in the gift shop)

We also managed to try on many Alpaca-made items (hats, mitts) and see lots of other things you can make from Alpaca Fiber:  Pelt rugs (which would be heaven on bare toes!) and alpaca duvets.  All in all, an alpaca-filled day!  (and the store sold Scotsburn ice cream… mmm)

Here is a little buddy that came home with me to remember the visit…  I call Him “Al”

                 alpacamascot

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