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16. January 2015 11:33
by Jobo
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12 Pairs of Socks in 2015

16. January 2015 11:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Knitting seems to help me feel more like *myself* – so I guess I should be making the effort to knit more often!

Over on Facebook I joined an “Addicted to Sock Knitting” group… which is full of great conversations about knitting socks, photos of the projects people are working on, and links to awesome yarns and patterns. 

One of their current fun Knit Alongs is for a year long series of projects (free patterns generously offered by Heatherly Walker) to be knit using yarn from one’s stash.  There will be prizes coming on the end of 2015, but what interests me the most is the opportunity to work along on something new each month.

There was a time when I could polish off a whole pair of complicated lace socks in 3-4 days.  A week was plenty of time to finish pretty much any kind of pattern.  So I think it should be reasonable for me to try and complete one pair a month.

The event’s rules say that you don’t always need to do the free pattern of the month… you can make it whatever you want.  So My plan is to see what the monthly pattern is… and if I like it – to just jump in and knit it.  If it’s really not my style or too complicated, I’ll just pick something else and go for it.

 

So without further ado – here is January’s pair:

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Pattern:  “Hornet” socks by Heatherly Walker

Yarn:  KnitPicks Stroll Tweed.  Flagstone Heather

 

Notes:

It’s my first time working with the tweed version of Stroll… but as per usual… the Stroll line doesn’t disappoint! 

The pattern was a nice change from my everyday… I usually would not choose a pattern where the design is made up of plain knit and purls.  I’m usually more attracted to cables or lace, or cables WITH lace!  (Yes, a bit crazy).  I must admit though that I only loosely followed the pattern.  There were a few places where the pattern charts didn’t make a complete chevron on the heel and foot of the sock (a few rows missing to make the chevrons continuous…) which probably wouldn’t have been noticeable in the finished project, but I have issues with geometry and continuity.  So I modified to suit myself and was fine with this.  I’m cool with making small alterations on the fly like that.  If you’re a knitter who isn’t bothered by this sort of thing – go to town and knit as written.  The pattern makes a nice, tidy, well-fitting sock Smile

30. December 2014 19:10
by Jobo
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Testing out some Shetland Style Lace

30. December 2014 19:10 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I’?ve been admiring Shetland lace motifs for years now.  The idea of knitting pattern rows EVERY row, and working with Frog?s Hair fine thread is daunting to me especially with the profound level of Mommy-Brain that I currently have going on.  The lack of sleep leaves me forgetful and unfocussed. 

So *why* does my exhausted brain tell me to want to knit the most complicated lace around?  I know, I know makes Zero sense to me too!

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The Fiber: 

- A Nunoco Batt I?m assuming a Smorgasbox morsel I received this 2 oz batt in a swap, so I don?t really know what was in it or what it?s name was.  I?m guessing it has Merino and Silk among other things. 

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The Spin:

- Spun on some Phil Powell Russian Style Supported spindles a nice smooth fast spin

- the thread is a very fine lace, basically heavy-cobweb (there?s an oxymoron for you?) and a two ply to boot Smile

- my two ounce batt translated into around 650 yards of 2-ply thread

- the thread has nice smooth bits, some nice shiny bits, and even some nubbly textured bits.  It?s a Heinz 57 kind of a look.  Mostly green, but with some teal, brown, cream, black, and even some glitz and sparkle.

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The Design:

- Shetland motifs scare me.  The thought of trying to work pattern rows EVERY row, with no purl-back break, is a little intimidating

- eventually I would like to knit a complete wedding ring Shetland shawl the size of a king sized bed.

- before I start something of that magnitude, I thought maybe I should try a more basic project.  So I looked around, but couldn’?t find a simple sampler that I wanted to jump into.

- So I looked in all of my Shetland pattern books and Stitch Dictionaries and found some elements that interest me and decided to just wing it!

- I plan on writing some more on my process for combining the motifs and some reviews of the books I am using stay tuned.

A Teaser:

- here is how it?s looking so far!

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22. December 2014 20:33
by Jobo
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They are Done - Slippers fit for a Whovian!

22. December 2014 20:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I always have fun working on custom creations in this case the project started with an idea ? comfy slippers. 

The client and I started our conversation innocently enough ? with him wanting to have a nice warm pair of slippers crafted for his wife as a holiday surprise.  After a few discussions about likes and dislikes, the project took a quick turn into the world of Dr Who, and the idea of morphing the new popular Slipper Boot design and creating a TARDIS-inspired design.  When a search for themed buttons came up disappointingly short I decided to paint my own buttons with circular Gallifreyan messages for the client as well!  (see previous posts here, here and here for more details on the process and the evolution)

Well here is the finished product:

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I started my project using the popular Drops Red Riding Slippers pattern.  I made the foot portion basically as written using a similar sized yarn ? and then modified the leg and ankle portion to suit myself.  The finished buttons are fun and have an interesting hidden message for the client too.

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The finished fabric is nice and thick, and feels great on I?m almost sad to see them leave my house and move on to their new home.  I think I might have to make myself a pair soon!  It?s a nice thing to have warm toasty feet this time of year.

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