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26. March 2012 12:59
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Silk and Satin ? Calculations...

26. March 2012 12:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ever since learning about the fine wonderful lace of Estonia, Orenburg, and Shetland... I have been dreaming of spinning a truly cobwebby and fine yarn to knit something as authentic as possible.  These yarns are so fine, froghair fine, intimidatingly fine...

Silk and Satin Angora compare with knitpicks lace

My latest yarn is actually not that far off of being fine enough to try ? ack!

To give you an idea... here is my 2 ply yarn compared with a skein of Knit Picks Lace yarn ?>

Their skein is 440 yards per 50 grams. (that?s approximately 4000 yards per pound)

Mine was 185 yards in 9 grams.  No that isn?t a typo.  9 grams. (That?s about 9300 yards per pound!)

I bet if my yarn was 100 % wool instead of having a silk component, the yards per pound ratio would have been lighter still...

To give you an idea... true gossamer threads used in Orenburg lace knitting are somewhere around 10000 ? 15000 yards per pound.  Cobweb is considered to be anything finer than 6000 yards per pound, or 40 wraps per inch.  My thread was around 50 wraps per inch.

:)  Maybe I can accomplish something like the old master lace knitters some day?  I guess I?ll keep on practicing!  Knitting with thread you can hardly see is quite a challenge also.  I find going back to sock yarn after knitting with this feels like knitting with rope...

Silk and Satin Angora Skein LoopsA nice balanced 2 ply... super shiny... and with just a little halo!  As it is knitting up... the halo is gently rising to a nice soft fuzz...

Silk and Satin Angora Skein Glamour ShotFull Skein Glamour Shot:  9 grams = 185 yards.  Yes, it fits in the palm of your hand, literally!

21. March 2012 12:34
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Silk and Satin... progress

21. March 2012 12:34 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I?ve been working away on my little piles of silk and satin angora... trying to at least spin a handful each day of one or the other.  It feels most days like I don?t get much accomplished, but as you can see, the spindles are filling up over time.  I have a previous cop of the angora (top) already wound off onto a cardboard tube waiting for enough silk (bottom) to pair it up with.  And I also did a cop of each and made a plying ball (below) so I can keep on knitting when I have time.

Silk and Satin Angora on spindles 2

I can?t get over the shine from this thread.  ( I keep wanting to call it yarn... but quite honestly, it?s too fine to ever be called a yarn)  Even though this little plying ball looks tiny... when the winding was complete, there was 185 yards therein! 

The colors really do match perfectly too :)

Silk and Satin Angora Plying ball shiny closeup

19. March 2012 18:23
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Banyan Tree Socks... one down and one to go!

19. March 2012 18:23 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Banyan Tree Sock Numero Uno

For Sock Knitter?s Anonymous this month... I decided to play along for the first time in about a year.  I used to try and work the mystery sock or KAL at least a few times a year with that group, but had fallen by the wayside when I was sick last summer with the pregnancy.  You are supposed to challenge yourself and pick something that you will learn from, etc.  I know these aren?t exactly rocket-science socks for me... but my main personal challenge is just to Knit.  Do a few rows here and there.  Make time for myself in a hectic day with a newborn, even if it?s only 10 minutes here and there, it does all add up.

One of the themes for Sockdown March was Cables... so these socks fit the bill! 

Pattern:  Banyan Tree Socks by Debbie O'Neill  (available for free over on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Solid in Peapod

Overall: 

- very well written, and a really fun knit!  I wanted to make something simple enough that I might actually be able to complete them within the 60 day time period... but not something boring.  Why is it that it takes me longer to knit plain ribbed socks than it does to do all over lace?  I figured this pattern would be just right... with a taste of leaf lace, some reverse stockinette, twisted stitch columns, and some pretty 3 stitch cables.  I started the second sock last night and finished the twisted rib cuff, and am into the leaves already.  I will definitely be able to complete these by the deadline of the end of April!  Now I?ll need to find a second pair to cast on!

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