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2. December 2014 10:57
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Lazy Tuesday Spinning...

2. December 2014 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I find Monday mornings are always busy for catching up from the weekend...  Kat and I went out to buy groceries, while Daddy and Bear were away doing their big kid things.  It seems by the time we tidy a few things up and get a bit organized, the day is over already.

Tuesday, however is usually a bit lazier :)

Currently, the little one is taking her morning nap while I drink my iced coffee and inhale a croissant with Jam.

Keeping me company today is this:

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I bought a bag at last year's handspinners retreat... simply because of the colors!  It's a blend of locally produced wools (cheviot, border Leicester, with a bit of Merino and Nylon added in for good measure) that are carded into a nice lofty true roving.  I usually go for top, so this is not my normal preparation. 

20141202_103915 About a year ago I had just grabbed the bag and a spindle and went off to the races with no real plan in mind - just to spin it by "feel" and see where the adventure might take me.  I ended up spinning supported on a lovely little Texas Jeans Russian Support Spindle... in kind of a modified long draw.  The roving just glides into a medium fine single with so very little effort that the spindle just seems to fill itself! 

As you can see... there are various stages on the go here - raw roving, a spindle cop basically ready to wind off, and a plying ball resting in my white porcelain bowl.  The singles are nice and heathery... in shades from navy to plum, ocean blue to teal.

24. November 2014 05:56
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Tardis Slippers Bigger on the Inside?

24. November 2014 05:56 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have been working on my Dr Who slippers... And things are going quite well. I finally had a chance to figure out how to do the TARDIS windows. Funny thing when my children refuse to sleep my creativity goes right out the window!

So I started out with the same needles as the base of the slippers, and just started to play with the white and the blue yarn. 

To get a comparable weight with the white yarn I had to triple the Patons Classic Wool. No biggie I just used the same technique as when you chain ply singles.  I didn?t bother adding extra twist or anything? just held the chain together as I knitted.  Maybe I?ll do a tutorial on this sometime if anyone is interested?

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As far as straying from the original pattern goes... I sort of went all out in all directions.

I started with the same approximate number of stitches and knit a button band to begin with that was wide enough to accommodate my buttons, and that's about where following the pattern ended.

I looked at a bunch of drawings of the TARDIS to see how the windows should look and it appears that most of the drawings show clusters of 6 windows in a 2 x 3 pattern.

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Now I'm just waiting to have enough energy to finish off the first ankle so I can sew it on and see what it looks like.

My colorwork in the back looks fairly tidy... But I am wondering if I should sew something over it to cover it up and make it look more professional. I wish I had some nice hundred percent wool felt or something. I really have to get some of Ruttiger's fur made in to felt sometime... another project for another day.

12. November 2014 09:53
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Whatcha Working On Wednesday! Sampling with Samples

12. November 2014 09:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying to start something new...  I thought on Wednesdays I would just simply show you what I'm working on :)

On Monday, two of my lovely friends (Jo and C) came for a visit.  We had lunch, knitted, spun, and chatted for the day.  It was just what the doctor ordered, and VERY much appreciated too!

While they were here... C was carding some wool on handcards and inspired me to go grab mine, and some sample wool and play with it.  So I carded an unknown wool sample with some of Ruttiger's Soft Combings to make some soft fluffy Rolags.  I spun them up fine on my Phil Powell Jewel Russian.  I can always count on the girls for inspiration and enabling!

I chain-plied the sample and got around 40 yards or so of light fingering / heavy lace yarn.  The colors are really pretty... stretches of teal, blue, purple and sage.  I hoped to be able to show the finished yarn today, but alas, the dyer was enthusiastic about dyeing and not rinsing.  I rinsed three times last night, and the water was BLUE BLUE BLUE.  I soaked overnight and it's still blue.  This morning I've changed the water twice - still blue.  I'm glad I don't have a whole braid, I'd have been annoyed (and blue)

When the soaking stops, and the color stops bleeding.... I have a simple little idea for this teensy skein!  I'll keep you posted!

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