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30. November 2009 09:00
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas 2009

30. November 2009 09:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

ok...so I'm not Oprah.  I can't afford to give everyone in the audience free swag... I can however tell you about my favorite fiber-related items with the hopes that Santa reads this.  In fact you may want to suggest your Husbands also read this, and maybe he will tell Santa what you desire for your stocking also ;)

Over the next week (Dec 1 to 10) in no particular order, I will be sharing a list of my top Favorite Things for Christmas 2009 :) 

Pop back daily for updates!

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26. November 2009 12:03
by Jobo
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Custom Cabled Mittens: "Ciaran"

26. November 2009 12:03 by Jobo | 5 Comments

This year for Christmas, I was asked by Mark's Grandma to make her some cabled mittens with some alpaca yarn we bought over in Newfoundland on a family wedding trip.   This yarn is 100% Alpaca, and super soft.  In fact, it might be the most luxurious alpaca yarn I have ever come into contact with (shudder at memory of Bad Bernat Alpaca yarn... ewwww) 

So of course, I offered to oblige and set out to decide what kind of mittens to make.  I surfed for patterns, and looked at other projects online and didn't exactly see what I wanted.  The yarn is about sport/dk weight, so the pattern needed to be a little more detailled than just one cable down the back (as a lot of beginner cable mitten patterns)  and I didn't want to go so far as to make the super-insane cable/patterned mitts (a-la-Jared-Flood Druid Mittens - which I love, but to be completely honest, If I ever make these they will be for Me and Me alone). 

I realized that I would have to wing it.. and set off on my own.  I also decided to keep detailled notes of how they were made, just in case I decide later on to write up a free pattern or something.  I took detailled measurements of Granny's hands, and swatched various stitch patterns to make sure they would fit properly.  I had 2 x 50g balls of yarn, but the label didn't list yardage.  I hoped I would have enough (and in the end I think I maybe had 40 yards left!)

Here is the result:

web ciaran diag pair

I worked a standard 1x1 rib (for lots of stretch and comfort) and decided on 3 cables up the back of the hand would look nice and balanced, and to work the backs and thumbs in plain stockinette.  Between the cables, I used a single Ktbl (Knit through back loop) rib to make the line stand out.  Because of all the purl stitches amongst the cables, the mitten has a nice amount of ease, so even if my calculations are a bit off they should still fit.  I mostly used my own hands as measurement devices, since the only real size difference between Granny's and my own hands were the wrist sizes (length of fingers and width around hands and such were very close to being the same)

web ciaran closeup

I wanted the cables to be symmetrical and look balanced so I made the cable twists all turn towards the middle.  I like the result :)  The thumb gusset was modelled (from memory) after the first mitten pattern I ever made as a child... with basic increases every second row until I had enough stitches for the thumb, and the rest of the mitten was worked in established cables/stockinette and then ended like the toe of a sock, decreasing 4 stitches per round until 10 sts remained and using kitchener stitch to tie it all together.

web ciaran pair

I hope Granny likes them :)

**  I am considering writing up the pattern for these mittens, but am not sure if there would be any interest in it... if you think you'd like a pattern for these, please let me know! **

24. November 2009 08:00
by Jobo
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Sky Rockets in Flight... Afternoon Delight..

24. November 2009 08:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Afternoon Delight SocksNo… Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT too young to know the words to this song… my parents always listened to the local “Golden Oldies” radio station so I am fully versed in old/obscure music ;)joy of sox

But back on topic… “Afternoon Delight” is one interesting sock!  I decided to use some Heidi’s By Hand sock yarn that I picked up over at London Wul last summer and just go for it. 

The pattern is one by Sivia Harding and can be found in Joy of Sox along with a whole bunch of other neat patterns.  Every time I look through the book I talk myself into making another pattern from it… dangerous!  I particularly like that the book is bound spiral ring and will lie open flat, which is a plus for hands-free reading and knitting.  I hope to do a more thorough review of the book once I’ve had a chance to make a few more patterns from it.

I am really enjoying this pattern… nice clear charts and descriptions (though there is an errata, which I had identified before starting by looking at the lovely socks already completed by fellow ravellers) and the design itself is fun to work on.  I haven’t been able to memorize the lace chart, but all of the practice “reading” my own knitting has really paid off because I can pick up my knitting and know where I am without having to write anything down.   The toe-up heel is a little different compared to others I’ve tried so far, but seems to have a nice fit.  I guess there are many different ways to skin a cat?

Berries and Wine Yarn for web2The yarn itself has a nice feel… a little more “tough” than squishy soft, but I know that will make for some more hard-wearing socks.  In some ways, it feels like Kroy I think.  I do this Heidi’s by hand to be a little thinner than some of the Merino yarns I’ve used lately, but I think once the finished socks get a good soak and a blocking they will soften up a bit.

Berries and Wine Yarn for webThe pinky purples are definitely what I needed for this project though!  In the book, Sivia’s original socks are knit in a tone-on-tone aqua blue, with little bits of darker and lighter colors, but overall a blended shade that reminds me of the bottom of a pool.  I decided to omit the beads, mostly because I didn’t think that beads would be very comfortable inside shoes.  It’s kind of too bad really, because pearl beads would have been really sharp, don’t you think?

I currently have both socks cast on… one of which is up past the heel, and the other which is just coming up to the gusset increases for the heel.  My goal is to get them both up to the same past heel point, and then divide the remaining yarn left in the ball in half so I can try and knit these up as far as possible.  I am not sure if I will have enough to make knee highs, or if I will decided to continue in that direction when the time comes anyways.  (I like wearing knee high socks, but have never managed to knit socks that ambitious)

  Afternoon Delight Socks2

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