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4. November 2014 10:32
by Jobo
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Freeform Lace... with Handspun of Course!

4. November 2014 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 

I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians!  They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl.  He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here:  Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz).  His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him!  That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :)  Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!

So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on?  Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir.  That's just wrong.

The Fiber

I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof.  I can't find any "before" photos of it though.  Woops!  (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details!  It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!).  While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with.  I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them!  The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.

 

The Yarn

- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up. 

- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight. 

- Final guesses on Yardage:  125 yards

Design

- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?

- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan. 

- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side.  I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again.  I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle. 

- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer. 

- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace.  So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!

Shetland inspired points...

Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...

Long view... showing Gradient.

Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued!  (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)

23. October 2014 07:45
by Jobo
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TBT: Inspiring Oneself...

23. October 2014 07:45 by Jobo | 1 Comments

While trying to get myself excited about starting to blog again, and creating a new Facebook page, to try and reach a different audience... I started looking at some old project photos to try and get my mojo running.

Let's just say, I didn't get a large volume of projects completed in the last few years, but I love love love many of the things I did manage to make :)  Just seeing them makes me daydream about the fun I had through the process, and makes me wonder what else I can come up with.

I've been sketching in my design book again, and going downstairs to the studio and just staring at the piles of yarn.  It's a little depressing that I don't really have much time or energy to throw into this kind of stuff lately, but I know I can get back there eventually... someday.  The days when I sleep more than a few hours, I'm actually feeling almost human.  This morning, on the other hand - is a two-coffee-minimum type of morning!

Without further ado:  Here are some of the photos that caught my eye! (Click the Photos for links to some original articles)

Magic Mirror Mittens

 

Vernal Equinox in Handspun Merino Silk

 

Lilac Leaves Estonian Stole

 

15. October 2014 07:31
by Jobo
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And it Begins... A New Custom Project Request (to help restore my fleeting Sanity?)

15. October 2014 07:31 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Our family has recently started a new chapter of our lives... adding kiddo number two to our family.  There have been lots of sleepless nights, but also many smiles and much joy.  Little and Big Munchkin are having a great time getting to know one another :)

I'm about ready to go bonkers though... with lack of sleep and toddler and baby talk all day and night - my brain feels like mush.  I need to get back into the studio and creating things, or I'm afraid I might never feel like myself again! 

A new friend had the perfect thing go get my juices flowing again though - custom slippers for a gift for someone special.

 Slippers Yarn and Needle

And so the creative process begins... Why am I so excited by slippers?  This gentleman had a lot of neat ideas about what his wife might like, might find useful, and what she might find funny too! (Remember Guys:  Good looks get you in the door, but if you can't make her laugh, you're probably done!)  Extra brownie points when he knew her favorite color is Blue.  Extra Extra brownie points when he knew that her shoe size was a Ladies 7.  Extra fun customer points when he suggested that she watches Dr Who. 

Ok Folks - Likes Blue (check), Watches Dr Who (check) - Is anyone smelling a TARDIS project coming on?  I am!

Stay tuned: Will the new creative endeavour be enough to keep Jobo from completely losing her mind?  Will it be more fun than changing a bazillion diapers and dragging a (very cute) toddler to the potty?  Will it be less fattening than the ice-cream I've been inhaling before bed every night?  Updates to follow!

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