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10. June 2011 12:12
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Laminaria... in BFL Silk Handspun

10. June 2011 12:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk BraidI've been working along on this... a few rows at a time - Using the nice shiny smooth handspun from "Purple Moth" Wings n' Things Fiber club from Allforloveofyarn (Shown at the left, to refresh your memory of the lovely purply pinkishness)

The yarn itself is coming along pretty well... though I guess you might call it "thread" over yarn really.  My first spindle full was 17g and yielded 170 yards of nice fine 2 ply.  I decided I would do a smaller amount to test first and make sure it was turning out as planned.  I hope to be able to put a bunch more on for the next couple of skeins... maybe as much as 40 - 50 g before winding off?  If the calculation holds true, I should be able to get 900 - 1000 yards from this 112 g braid - which should be lots and lots!

Normally Laminaria is knit from a regular laceweight yarn on size 3.5 - 3.75 mm needles.  Since my yarn is a bit finer, I decided I would use slightly smaller needles (my 3 mm Woody Knitters Needles to be exact)  that way the finished piece wouldn't be too airy.  I really like the way the wood needles grip the thread, and creates such a nice feel for the knitting process.  I know if I was working on steel needles I'd knit tighter, so I figure that my loose knitting on the smaller wood needles shouldn't be that bad.  Either way, I'm going to have lots and lots of yarn (the original large pattern only calls for 600 ish yards of yarn) so if the shawl isn't looking big enough when I reach the point where you normally switch to the border transition... I'll just do more repeats!  How's that for knitting on the fly?

The spinning itself is taking place on a Zebisis stone whorl spindle... I've never actually weighed it though, so I can't tell you the exact weight.  I'd say it's around 1 ounce, based on behavior and comparison to my Golding.  It took a little practice to get used to working without a notch in the whorl, but I think I've gotten the hang of it now, and the yarn is fairly consistent.  The second cop is in progress as my current travel spinning project.  I've been working on it during lunch break and when waiting.  I had better get going on it though... the first 170 yards has almost been knit up!

purple moth spindle

I've completed the first section of the pattern:  the star stitch portion.  I like the texture of this stitch, though I bet it will flatten out a lot during blocking.  I'm finding the yarn size vs needle size to be satisfactory so far.  This stitch pattern is supposed to be more dense than the lacy open part... so I guess I won't know until I get some lacy bits whether I will be completely satisfied.  I've gotten over half of the transition section done, but that's mostly just more star stitch.  Hopefully tonight I will be able to progress more into the flower lace section and see how that's going to look!

Laminaria star stitch section

30. May 2011 08:53
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday... want to buy camera...

30. May 2011 08:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Hi Folks... since the weather has shifted here on PEI, I've been doing more playing outside in the garden than taking pretty knitty photographs... And Saturday I thought I would get out my Camera and at least try to take some decent shots - to no avail!  I think my 6 year old camera has finally thrown in the towel.  She will turn on, but the screen no longer shows an image, and nothing happens when you press the shutter button.  She has served me well, but sadly, serves no longer!

So I guess now I'll have to start looking for a newer, better device!  I'd like to stick to digital again (my Mom loves her film camera, but who has time for getting photos developed nowadays?) and I'd like something with a well rounded skill-set.  Of course I take a lot of photos of macro-type items, fine details, close-up... but I also use this camera for vacation photos, family events, and general sillyness photos.  Size used to be an important factor for me, but I don't think it will be as important this time.  The last camera was bought when I was still a student, and wanted to be able to fit it inside a purse of some sort.  Now I think I would be willing to sacrifice some of the convenience factors for some extra features (like extra attachable parts, etc)

So the hunt begins... Do you have a camera that you Love?  

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9. May 2011 10:06
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday... Roo?

9. May 2011 10:06 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Things have been quite busy at the Jobo-Palace... and there haven't been any new yarns walking into the studio in the last week or so... but there have been some great new patterns added to the library collection!

I have a new little niece (on my husband's side) who is 3 months old, and I finally got to meet her this weekend.  Having babies around again (especially ones that are "mine" and family to boot!) has gotten me thinking about some baby knits to start working on.  I like working on baby / child projects every now and again - smaller sized garments are usually a pretty quick knit, and provide some quick gratification.... unlike some of the more complex adult garments that might take me months to accomplish in the end.

imageI saw a great pattern for a child's knit jacket in the Twist Collective some months ago, and having little Mackenzie around gave me the inspiration to finally go hunt it down and get started :)

The pattern is "Roo" by Kate Gilbert

I love the idea of a real wool coat and some great handmade wooden buttons for closures.  This little jacket looks like the sort of thing that a little girl could wear both spring and fall, for those barely chilly days.

The pattern calls for a basic worsted wool yarn... like a Briggs and Little or a Cascade type yarn - so nice and relatively large stitches.

I opted for a beautiful Red Cascade 220... think Little Red Riding Hoodie/Jacket!

Now I just need to find buttons or a closure of some sort to go with the design.  I think maybe some Wooden Toggle buttons of some sort paired up with some i-cord loops?  (not exactly as shown, but maybe do able too?)

The other difficult decision is to decide what size to make... the pattern is written in various sizes, so I could probably make the jacket to fit Mackenzie for different stages.  I'm thinking it would be nice for her to be able to wear it for more than one season?  I think I need to consult some baby size experts on this one... lol

Linky to Twist Colletcive: "Roo"

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