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28. September 2008 21:50
by Jobo
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Oooh Baby Baby!

28. September 2008 21:50 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I  have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while. 

I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project.  Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:

Baby Supernova

made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects.  It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable.  I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket.  Who can argue with that?  I found this Star pattern on Ravelry.  basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4.  If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free.  I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit.  I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay.  Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?

 




Purple Baby Ripples -

No actual imagination to speak of here.  I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done.  This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in!  And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal.  This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope  big enough to wrangle this puppy into...



Generic Baby Ripples -

This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!

This blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it written down anywhere.  My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting.  I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!

I’ll try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics



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 Loosely, cast on 172 stitches

Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges

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Happy Blankey Knitting All !

 

14. September 2008 11:44
by Jobo
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The Cure for the "Denim Blues"

14. September 2008 11:44 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Still not over the carding cravings yesterday, so I thought I would use up the last bit of the "Hamlet" 100% Merino Batts I had bought to make Marky some socks. 

There was a little over 5-6 oz left, so definetly enough to make it worthwhile... and plus the original batts were kindof chunky strands of sky blue, pale blue and black, so using my new carders made it easy to blend things a bit better.  When I made the socks, I had blended this fiber with some natural gray carbonized bamboo, which made for some squishable soft fingering weight wool.  (see pics of man + socks below)  The finished carded rolags were so fluffy and soft... when I took them outside to take a pic of them, one nearly blew away in the fall breeze!When I mixed the batts a little more, I got a sort of worn faded denim color, just right for another pair of socks likely, though I think this 100% wool yarn will knit up a little different than the bamboo blend... likely will have more fluff and bounce (not to mention the fact that I spun this yarn woolen, as opposed to semi worsted last time)

This next pic seems to show the colour best, smokey worn faded denim blue.  As time goes on, I am actually getting better at producing a more consistant yarn.... I thought it would take me a lot longer to get a useable product, but surprisingly, no.  I had been saving some of my fancy luxurious fiber purchases until I knew what I was doing, but maybe that will be here sooner than I thought?  who knows.  I might have to start on the Merino/Angora/Mohair blend I got a few months back.  Maybe that sweater isnt' far over the horizon? 



This is a pic of the original batt I started with.  I got it from a great company on Etsy - (www.theranch.etsy.com)  They were one of the first places I bought spinning fiber, and I have found that everything I get is exactly as pictured, and is wonderfully prepared and ready to spin.  This particular batt was called "Hamlet" and I think the colourway was named after a family pet? The Carbonized Bamboo was a dream to work with... felt like silk!




And Finally the Marky Bamboo Merino Blend Socks.  Nothing like having a woman who will spin ya some wool, then knit ya homemade socks?  Men out there, eat yer hearts out! (this pattern can be found for free on ravelry from Marimi Knits - called "Ankle Socks")

 

24. August 2008 17:21
by Jobo
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To Boldly go, where no Jobo has gone before...

24. August 2008 17:21 by Jobo | 1 Comments

in attempts to improve upon my eariler blogging experience, Marky has decided to set me up with a new blog, and my own .com to showcase some of my work... So here I  go on another blogging adventure - hopefully one with fewer issues. (that, and now the tech support comes with hugs and a back rub!  can't beat that! seriously.)

I've been working on a few more projects these days, and trying to finish up old works-in-progress... with the goal that, the more I finish, hopefully the more new fun stuff I can start!  Right now I am about 1/3 of the way through a Cabled Hoodie (see Brownies for Breakfast on Ravelry - my username is jlsonier FYI) an afghan (Christmas Gift) and a silk shawl (potentially for the wedding next summer)  Never any shortage of ideas and inspiration these days.  I feel really keen to work on things, so I'm going to try and knock off a couple of UFO's while the mood lasts!

This spinning thing is really a lot of fun, and I can totally see how people become so addicted so fast to this hobby.  Everything about it is so hands on.  First you touch the fiber, pet it, prepare it, drool a little over it... then you spin it, another enjoyable task in itself.  You get to see the creation of the yarn inch by inch.  Spin. Ply. Wind into a ball.  Then the next part is just as much fun.  A ball of yummy, hand made, luxurious by any standard (the only thing you can really buy around here is acrylic stuff at Walmart. ew.)  and then YOU get to use it to make something else!  Then the excitement starts all over again.  Choose pattern. Cast on.  Admire yarn.  Knit like a crazy person. Finished project.  Congratulate self on job well done.  Repeat.  This spinning thing, yeah.  I can totally see why it's worth the trouble.  

My most recent spinning project has been working up some undyed, cream colored, silk hankies.  When I had bought my spinning wheel down in NY, the lady at the store had said, "someday when you get really good at it, you should try some silk hankies and try those out."  Well, Im not sure if I'm 'really good at it' yet, but I did it anyway!  I bought about 3.5 ounces of silk from Legacy Studio (check out their website, pretty neat) and spun up what felt like a neverending thread of fingering/cobweb-ish silk.  I only got through about 3 hankies before my lack of willpower forced me to start chain-plying so I could tell what it would be like in the end.  So far I have about 350 yards of creamy white, almost pearly textured silk thread.  So of course (absolutely no willpower)  I decide last evening to try casting on a triangular shawl I have been oogling for months (Laminaria)  You know, just to see how it looks.  riiight.  see pics below.

Shawl pics someday, when I get a little more done

 


 

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