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7. August 2015 18:14
by Jobo

Still Here! Knitting along... and Spinning too!

7. August 2015 18:14 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been snapping pictures... and working along on my stuff... but somehow I've not really managed to post anything!!  (bad blogger)

My Inglenook Purple Heartwood Batt is now mostly yarn, which has started to become a shawl!

Here is the plying... Yes, on a spindle.  I know a lot of people prefer to do the plying via wheel because it's a bit faster... but I like doing my plying by spindle.  I find it a little too easy to overply my laceweight and cobweb yarns.  It's like my feet pumping just get the better of me, and I go too far.  When I ply on a spindle I have a chance to feel the balance of each armslength, and this seems to do a better job for me.  I don't really find it takes a lot longer than my wheel either... my Traveller has crappy speed ratios.  I think if I planned to do much fine spinning with it again I'd have to by a lace flyer kit.  In my dreams I'd have a high-speed high-ratio wheel. 

So the first two ounce portion worked out to be 525 yards... with another 2 ounces to be completed.  The weight is somewhere between lace and cobweb, so light lacey-ish. 

I decided that since I'm going to have around 1000 yards of completed thread... I want to make something really cozy, lacy, and big.  A nice big triangular shawl to wrap myself in sounded like just the thing!  I've been eyeing Dee O'Keefe's Patterns for a while now.  They're lovely, just the right amount of complex, and have that great balance of body, borders, and edgings that makes my heart beat a little faster.

Pattern:  Dee O'Keefe - Nadira

I've just completed the first few section... following the custom design-your-own section at the back of the pattern so as to increase the size and use up all of this lovely yarn.  I'll put more details in when I post about the shawl later on.  Here is a sneak peek though!

11. July 2015 09:10
by Jobo

Tour De Fleece - Week One!

11. July 2015 09:10 by Jobo | 1 Comments

The Tour de Fleece is ONNNNN! 

For those of you who aren't familiar - The Tour de France is a famous bicycle race that runs over the better part of a month, takes place in France... and the Tour de FLEECE is a spinning event that coincides!  On the days the Tour rides - the spinners spin, and encourage each other, and tease each other, and compete on Ravelry for Prizes if they accomplish their goals! 

My own Tour goal is a very simple one - to just pick up my spinning every day.  My life is so full of mommy/work/wifey responsibilities that planning to spin a specific weight of wool, or a specific number of yards, or anything concrete was probably a bad idea.  I was afraid that if I put words to it, that I'd end up jinxing it.

So here we are - The Tour began on July 4/15 and I have managed to at least touch my spinning every day this week!  Here is what I'm working on:

Inglenook Batts!  The color is "Purple Heartwood" and it's a mix of wool, alpaca, silk, sparkle, and bamboo (I think... my tag is at home)


My first impression of Inglenook Fibers is just Wow.  So soft and sparkly and shiny.  And it's purple.  So Win win win.  And then when I tore into the batt to strip it into spinnable chunks... well Look at all of those colors!  So fun and cheery! 

I decided on stripping the batt into 4 x 1 oz chunks, and then further subdividing each ounce into 8 pieces.  The plan is to spin it all on supported spindles, likely putting one ounce on each spindle and then pairing them up to make 2 skeins of two ply. 


Here is my Bristlecone Ladybug "Gaston"... doing it's thing!

I usually like to work with laceweight or finer, but I didn't really fuss too much about the grist and diameter of the thread.  I just went with whatever the fiber wanted.  There are some thin bits and some chunky bits.  Some of the single is pretty uniform in color, some sections are mostly one color or another, and other sections still are all barberpoled and stripey.  I'm thinking the finished yarn will be both visually and texturally unique.  I'm not sure what kind of pattern I can find that will work... but no doubt something will turn up.  I'm thinking even something with a central garter stitch panel (either crescent or half-square or something) to show off the variety and texture without obscuring the stitch pattern.

And finally... here is the first two ounces basically finished.  I'm hoping to finish the last poof of fiber on my break today (since I'm working all weekend) and then make a plying ball!  The dark spindle is a Spanish Peacock Russian Set in Macassar Ebony... smooth and fast! 

29. June 2015 18:14
by Jobo

Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair #7

29. June 2015 18:14 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Last week I managed to finish another great looking pair of socks - I'm calling them the "Purple Pinstripe Knock-Offs"... since they're similar to the "Pinstripe" free pattern on Ravelry.  I haven't actually looked at the pattern, but saw many many of them go by in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook in the last few months.  I had planned on just doing these ones plain, but then when it came time to switch from Ribbing to the leg I thought - what the Heck!  Be adventurous, and decided to throw in a column of slipped stitches for fun.  I'm not sure if it's the way the Pinstripe Pattern did it, but I do like the way it looks!


The Pattern:

- Composed on the fly... Twisted Rib 1x1 Cuff, Slipped-stitch column every 8 stitches around, Simple Slipped-stitch Gusset Heel.


The Yarn:

- Knit Picks Hawthorne (oops! I threw out the ball band!)


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