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6. April 2011 09:23
by Jobo

FO: Golden Salor Socks

6. April 2011 09:23 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Golden Salor Stack

I finished these Sunshiney Beauties about a month ago... but only recently got around to photographing them.  The warm golden yellow was just perfect at the time I think... to bring a little brightness into my day. 

The Pattern:  Salor by Hunter Hammersen (From the great new book Silk Road Socks!  Please, Please, Please, pick up a copy!  It's a great book full of great patterns!)

I really enjoyed these socks!  Especially that they were complex enough to be captivating and interesting, but not so much that I couldn't memorize them and work on them while travelling around with family.  I particularly love the heels - those twisty little cables are very elegant looking!

golden salor heely

The only modification I made really, was to extend the pattern all of the way down the foot.  I didn't do it on purpose!  I was away from home at the time, and I just kept knitting until I was 3 inches from the toe (like you do with many other patterns) and didn't realize I was supposed to stop.  Oh well, I hope Hunter will forgive me - I just added more of a good thing... mmmkay?

Golden Salor Side by Side 

I'm definitely adding that heel to my repertoire... and maybe the tops as well... hmmm I sense a hybrid plain / Salor sock coming on... :)

Also, the Knit Picks Stroll Tonal was wonderful to work with.  As always.  I think I have every color they make it in now...

23. February 2011 12:00
by Jobo

WIP Wednesday: Sailing along with Salor

23. February 2011 12:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 salor first

I'm making pretty good progress on my Salor Socks... even thought he photos show a half completed sock, I have finished the whole first one and have the second well underway.  I'm enjoying the way that the cable columns are working up, and especially in love with the heel - Those horseshoe cables are so geometric!  The regular twists create such a concise rope feeling... I think I'd like to do some socks with columns of just these the whole way up the toe and from the heel straight on up too!

The gold yarn is bright and cheery, and also easy to see in the evening hours (which is good, because I hear other people in the KAL are finding their darker colors a little harder to see... ahem*Kim*cough)  I've mostly just been picking these up for a row or two at a time this week, with all of the running around, and being exhausted, I just don't have the brain power. 

I hear JB is trucking along on her Salors as well... which are in a lovely green shade!

Salor Heel

19. May 2010 08:00
by Jobo

Ishbel on Fire - in Angora!

19. May 2010 08:00 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I have been sitting on a skein of Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit for quite some time.... The story behind it is that I purchased it on a whim from North Shore Island Traditions based on the feel of the yarn alone.  Normally I go for the more blue / greenish tones exclusively, but in this case, there were very limited colorways in stock so I couldn't choose the usuals.  I decided that even though I normally don't knit with yellow or orange, that I generally find these colors bright and sunny, so I should step outside the box and try it regardless.  This particular colorway features bright yellows and oranges, reminiscent of Big Bird from Sesame Street... but in my mind at the time - reminded me of sunsets and Golden Flowers.

peter rabbit on fire

The Yarn itself is so unbelievably soft, albeit a little sheddy...  I had initially intended to knit socks from this, but then it struck me to try knitting a shawl/scarf.  I know that next winter when it starts to get cold around here (love the Canadian Winters) that the angora will be warm and soft against the skin in a way that no other fiber can be.  "Peter Rabbit" consists of 70 % Angora, 20 % Nylon and 10 % Wool for a super soft, softly haloed, and light as a feather.  I managed an entire Ishbel of the small size from a single skein.  It isn't huge, but it fits nicely around my shoulders, and I think will be perfect in size to wrap around the neck to protect from a winters chill.

ishbel pheonix rising

Now I have Knit Ishbel (by Ysolda Teague) a few times before... so I knew what I was getting into.  The beginning in stockinette just flies by!  And though I seem to have issues memorizing the charts, even those fly by so fast that I hardly remember them.  I chose in this case to make the small size, though I think I might have done an extra section of the lace chart.  I remembered from blocking before that this shawl doesn't end up completely triangular, but more of a curved shape on the top.  When this was blocking on the spare bed all I could think of was how much the shape reminded me of a golden Pheonix rising.  It feels almost like golden wings.

ishbel furry The yarn in the skein had a bit of a halo, but after knitting and blocking, the halo intensified a bit.  You can really tell when the shawl is up against another object how much of a Halo it really has.  I thought in the beginning that maybe the halo wuld be too much and obscure the vine lace, but in the end I think it still shows up ok.

In general, orange is not a color I would often wear, or purchase items in that shade... surprisingly, the warm bright color doesn't look awful with my skin complexion.  I come from a family of red haired folk... So I am very pale and I have a lot of freckles (my husband teases that if I ever needed a medical Freckle-ectomy, we'd go broke paying the bill)  I'm not sure what I will ever wear this with, but the warm fuzziness around my shoulders makes me tempted to buy an outfit to match!


Another reason I decided that I needed to try working with Angora is the fact that I have an English Angora Rabbit coming to live with me around the end of June.  The bunny (henceforth referred to by his royal name, though he hasn't be chosen from the litter yet...) Ruttiger was born on May 10th as part of a 6 bunny litter, and though the smallest bunny has passed away, the other 5 are thriving and growing fine.  The breeders plan on keeping the white bunny, but there are two "blue" and two "torte" babies that will be up for grabs.  I plan on going up and officially meeting the kits next weekend, so expect photos then.  Meanwhile, I have been in a nutso nesting phase... buying the supplies I will need for Ruttiger's homecoming (aka cage, food, bedding, grooming equipment, etc)  I am very excited for our new pet to come home and get cozy at Casa-Jobo.

ishbel on fire beads

Here is another shot with the "Ishbel on Fire" cozied up with a plain seed bead necklace... which looks surprisingly nice :)

mirror shot ishbel on fire

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to take photographs of yourself?  (Yes this is in my Bathroom, and Yes, it is a little Blurry.  No I had not been drinking... though there was wine shortly after the photo shoot)  At least I managed to sneak a smile in :)

Another successful shawl... warm, cozy, elegant, and very very Golden Yellow / Orange.  I hope I don't look silly in this color, because I kind of like it!  (you definetly won't lose me in a snowbank with this on! as my grandma would say)

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