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2. February 2011 10:13
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WIP Wednesday: Still on the Stole!

2. February 2011 10:13 by Jobo | 0 Comments

strawberries feb 2 2011I've been working back and forth on various projects... but consistantly making the effort to do a few rows on the Strawberries Stole every few days.  I'm finding that if I work on it regularly, I keep my brain and fingers nimble to the style and pattern.  I think if I waited for months and months, I'd have to go back and really read my reference book again for the border (which I am doing completely from memory now)

I am trying to decide how long to make the stole in the end... with some difficulty.  I've never actually worn a *real* stole.  I've worn other scarves in a style like a stole (draped around my shoulders) but I've never really seen what a proper one feels like.  At this point, unstretched, with less than 2 of the diamonds completed the stole is as high as the back of my couch!  I am thinking I might do 3 complete repeats and then pseudo-block and see how much length I am getting (i.e. pin it to the bed, unwashed, and just see how much it will stretch).  The width of the stole nearly doubles when stretched a similar amount to what I think I will have to do when blocking... so will the length double also?  I'm thinking it will likely be at least another 50%?

You can see the ball of thread in the bottom right of the photo... I just joined ball number 2 (about 10 rows ago) and it looks like I have a lot more than I originally thought I would.  The yarn is so thin, that the size of the ball is misleading.  I didn't bother to skein up the second half this time.  I just spun, plied, and then balled up the yarn so I could knit with it right away.  I didn't wash the first bit, so I figured there was no point in washing the second bit either!  with Lace, the wash and block is so important, I know that process will finish the yarn anyways.

If I keep up this progress rate... I might have ole "Strawberry" completed by the end of February!

1. February 2011 13:41
by Jobo
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New Knit Along - from Silk Road Socks!

1. February 2011 13:41 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I love love LOVE Hunter Hammersen's sock designs... simply love them all.  So of course, I got my name on the list for Hunter's new book as soon as I knew it was in the works!  If you want to go and learn more about the book - go visit her site:  Violently Domestic or the Book specific site:  Silk Road Socks!

Polaropposites (Kimmy!) and I have decided that our next knit-along project should be socks... and since we both loved just about every design in Hunter's book, it made sense that we should do one of them.  I didn't realize that Hunter was doing her own KAL through Ravelry for the book at the time we were considering our own... so maybe I can join into the official KAL for next month or something. 

salor socks from Silk Road SocksWe will be starting tomorrow evening... with SALOR!

If you'd like to join us, please let me know and we can all encourage each other along through the project!

I love the wavy columns of cables here, which run all the way down the heel of the sock!  I really like the contrasting cuff too.  I'm sure this with be an interesting knit all the way through.

The great terracotta / paprika color used for the book's model socks is so warm and rich... and I don't even generally like orange?!  I don't have anything similar in my sock arsenal at home though, so I have to come up with something else and I'm having a hard time. 

I thought maybe I could get some input from the peanut gallery?  Here are the two yarns I'm stuck on deciding between:

My first option is a custom dyed skein of All For Love of Yarn - Lublu Sock, 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon... This one is a lovely Blue/green/grey mélange reminiscent of a stormy ocean.  As always, blue is hard to photograph, and I tried a couple of different Photoshop edits, but I think this is getting closer to the real color.

I love the tight bouncy feel of the yarn... and I've been saving it for an extra special project :)  I thought I might do a Brandywine Shawl with it originally, but I think it would suit these socks well too with the subtle color variations, I definitely don't want to use anything that will pool here.

My other option is some Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in Golden Glow.  The bright sunny yellow will brighten any day I'm sure... but I thought the warm honey gold glow might suit this pattern and really highlight the cable columns.  Yellow is not a color that I tend to wear often in my wardrobe, but I enjoy it.  I think Yellow socks would be fun, and bring some sunshine to my dull drab February.

What's your Pick?  Leave me a comment and tell me which you prefer!

KP golden glow tonalall for love of yarn skein

31. January 2011 11:07
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: New sweater kit from KnitPicks

31. January 2011 11:07 by Jobo | 1 Comments

package of dogwood yarnI recently purchased the Dogwood Blossoms Sweater Kit...

I might be completely crazy to want to knit an entire sweater on 2.5 mm needles, with ump-teen colors of yarn... Oh yeah, and I want the cardigan, so there will be steeking (Eeeeek!)  I haven't had the heart to open the bag yet, with all 20 balls of yarn looking so nice and orderly in there, so I'm sharing some of the palette color sample photos.  When I open the bag, I'm sure there will be more glamour shots! 

Also, the whole kit was like 40 bucks.  That's like 2 bucks a ball... even if you don't like to knit fairisle sweaters, that's like 10 pairs of socks, or mittens, or shawls, or ... or... *faints on floor* <thud>

 kp photo samples

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