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12. November 2014 09:53
by Jobo
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Whatcha Working On Wednesday! Sampling with Samples

12. November 2014 09:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying to start something new...  I thought on Wednesdays I would just simply show you what I'm working on :)

On Monday, two of my lovely friends (Jo and C) came for a visit.  We had lunch, knitted, spun, and chatted for the day.  It was just what the doctor ordered, and VERY much appreciated too!

While they were here... C was carding some wool on handcards and inspired me to go grab mine, and some sample wool and play with it.  So I carded an unknown wool sample with some of Ruttiger's Soft Combings to make some soft fluffy Rolags.  I spun them up fine on my Phil Powell Jewel Russian.  I can always count on the girls for inspiration and enabling!

I chain-plied the sample and got around 40 yards or so of light fingering / heavy lace yarn.  The colors are really pretty... stretches of teal, blue, purple and sage.  I hoped to be able to show the finished yarn today, but alas, the dyer was enthusiastic about dyeing and not rinsing.  I rinsed three times last night, and the water was BLUE BLUE BLUE.  I soaked overnight and it's still blue.  This morning I've changed the water twice - still blue.  I'm glad I don't have a whole braid, I'd have been annoyed (and blue)

When the soaking stops, and the color stops bleeding.... I have a simple little idea for this teensy skein!  I'll keep you posted!

25. March 2011 08:15
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FO Friday: Tassel-Hat!

25. March 2011 08:15 by Jobo | 0 Comments

A friend recently had a cute bouncing baby boy... so of course, I wanted to be able to make him something! 

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feb 14 2011 022Baby hats are a great project for many reasons... Basically they are a quick knit, so instant gratification; they don't take up much yarn; and they are so stinking cute!

For this little hat, I mostly winged it using measurements from some other free square hat patterns.  I just cast on a guess at the right number of stitches to work in the round (the yarn is worsted weight 100% super soft hand dyed Merino... left over from these mittens)  worked about an inch in twisted rib then plain stockinette until I thought it was tall enough for a toddler noggin and cast off the top with a 3 needle Bindoff.  The tassels were an afterthough, but I really enjoyed working on them!  I had hoped to make a hat that might fit the little guy a little longer than just his newborn phases, so it is a little big, but almost fits the little dude already at just over a month old. 

I also made a pair of teensy mitts to match, with fluffy 100% Angora (Ruttiger Brand) yarn used as soft thrums.  Basically I didn't cut thrums, but I wove in the loosely plied single as if it was a thrum with short floats so that little fingers woudn't get stuck, but would still feel the warmth that Angora brings.  The mitts fit right away! (Sadly I was not smart enough to photograph them before giving them away)

Baby Liam is as cute as a button... and I hope someday I'll get to see him with his Tassel-hat on!

16. December 2010 08:15
by Jobo
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Salad? What Salad... these mittens are AWESOME!

16. December 2010 08:15 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I don't know what these mittens should be named in the end, but they definitely turned out great! 

pair with beads

The pattern is my own design... featuring a horseshoe cable running asymmetrically over the ring finger of each hand, and some great shiny glass beads.  The yarn is my own bulky handspun 2-ply... in all it's barberpole-y wonder!

sewing on beads

I didn't have thread to match the yarn, so I even spun a few yards of extra fine lace yarn with the leftovers, so I could sew on the beads and have everything blend in and match correctly.  I love the way the glass beads shine and bring out the colors of the yarn.  I decided to play up the asymmetrical-ness and only add the beads along one side of the cable.

electric mitten cable with beads

Also, I really like the way the thumbs turned out... using a little different method of increasing stitches for the gussett... I ended up with a unique forking pattern, almost like the veins running out from the centre of a leaf.  I also adorned these with beads :)  (can you have too many?  I'm not so sure...  I think it's like marshmallows or chocolates... you have to keep going!)

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I had originally planned on doing a lining with this pair, but I loved the way that the extra fat yarn worked into a soft, squishy, thick wool layer.  I bet these will felt nicely inside, and the wearer won't have any problems with chilly fingers.  I also love the gentle stripes and smatterings of color spread throughout the green shades.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of knitting with my own hand dyed, handspun yarns.

electric mitten and beads

I plan on knitting these through one more time, perhaps with a more commercially available chunky/bulky yarn, and finalizing my pattern... then I will be looking for a couple of test knitters to run through and give me some feedback... then hopefully will be able to release the pattern on Ravelry without too much delay.  The idea of other people knitting my designs is exciting, but also terrifying at the same time.  I've always been the sort of knitter to make things up as I go, but I have not had much practice trying to write out the creatures of my imagination so that others could try to make them too.  I have a feeling this will be an adventure :)

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