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31. December 2009 18:09
by Jobo
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Dragonfliers

31. December 2009 18:09 by Jobo | 5 Comments

Since I was a teenager, I've had a "thing" for Dragonflies.  I used to have jewelry and all sorts of fashion items with Dragonflies on them... so I guess it follows that when I saw a pattern for "Dragonfly Socks" by Jocelyn Sertich, that I should eventually make a pair.  The pattern itself doesn't really look like dragonflies, so I'm not sure why it was named that.  Either way, it's a horseshoe lace stitch pattern, and when worked up somewhat resembles the monkey socks I made a few months back.

Grey Day Christmas YarnThe yarn is special stuff that my Mom picked out when she was on vacation down in Maine over the summer... and then gave me for Christmas.  (along with another really cool skein by the same manufacturer)  It's called Fundy Footsee from Done Roving... and is knitting up really nicely.  the wool blend (with a little nylon for durability) is quite smooth and not at all itchy.  The purples and grays are a lot of fun to work with, and as always the pooling and flashing adds a lot of interest to this knit.  I love knitting socks anyways, but when you pair up a good pattern with some fancy yarn restful vacation time you have a winning combination.

 

dragonflier 2 socks I don't want to give away too much... after all I only have the first sock finished :)  The yarn looks different colors in different types of light.  In daylight, the grays are steely and silvery, and under the lamp after dark, the grays look almost pewter or light blue... so excuse the fact that the photos looks a little funny.  Overall the pooling is minimal, creating more of a spiral flash ever inch or so, but in a pleasing way.  The horseshoe lace pattern is easy to memorize too which makes it a reasonable travel pair of socks too. 

I have been in training for Sock Wars V, so for curiosity's sake, I have been keeping track of how long basic knitting things take me... to see if it is even possible that I might be able to knit an entire pair of socks on size 2mm needles with fingering weight yarn in only a weekend.  When the pattern is available for Sock Wars on Friday Jan 15, I want to be ready to leap from the starting post and knit my little heart out.  Basically, because of the way the postal service works in Canada, the earliest I can mail out the socks is Monday Morning,  so that means I will need to finish an entire pair of socks all the while beating my own record knit marathon time.

I decided to take segments of the sock and time them, just to get an estimate of whether or not a whole-pair-weekend was even possible.  A basic 12-row 2x2 ribbing cuff took me approximately 20 minutes, and each repeat of the 10-row horseshoe lace stitch pattern took around 15-20 minutes (my speed improved as I became more comfortable with the pattern itself)  and each repeat yielded approximately an inch of completed sock.  Just by that estimate? at around 20 minutes an inch, that means:

leg of sock (6-7 inches) = 20 x 7 = 140 minutes

Foot (8-9 inches) = 20 x 9 = 180 minutes

so without accounting for the extra time to turn the heel and whatnot that?s at least 320 minutes or 5.3 hours per sock.  Likely each sock will take me more like 10 hours when you factor in things like attention span and distractions.  So maybe it will be possible? if I can knit like it's my Job for a whole weekend.  Maybe I'll have to time the heel on sock number two and see how far off my estimate is.  Boy, this training is hard work *wink wink*  ok, maybe not so difficult... if you consider the posh yarn and the box of chocolates sitting next to my knitting perch :)

dragonflier 3 socks 

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On another note, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you all for following along with my crafty adventures :)  Hope to see you all for another great year of fibery fun!

30. December 2009 13:27
by Jobo
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Phat Christmas Loots!

30. December 2009 13:27 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Santa found me!  ... and brought me some Holiday Yarntastic Gifts:

Christmas Loot

My mom  brought home yarny treasures from her trip to Maine earlier this summer (I KNEW she was lying when she told me there were no yarn stores in Maine... seriously!)  - 2 Skeins from Done Roving Farm and Carding Mill in really nice colors.  One skein (the purple and grey one) I forgot to take photos before winding it.  My Grandmother offered on Christmas morning to help me get it ready for knitting, and helped me wind the whole thing, so it's all ready to start knitting as soon as I get my current socks off the needles.  The other skein is very bright and goes from Robin's Egg blue to rich Royal Purple....  mmmmm :)

I also got 2 great books - one a stitch dictionary from the Husbeast, and the other Cookie A's new sock book from J.B.

The stitch dictionary is really going to come in handy when I start doing more designing and trying to create more things on my own.  I spent a couple hours just flipping through and daydreaming about the possibilities... and then when I was done with it I got to flip through Cookie's amazing designs.  I think I want to try and do the last pair in the book first of all - "Kai-Mei" maybe in some semisolid yarn or something.

All in all, there has been a reasonable amount of holiday knitting time too over the holiday.  Maybe it's just that I am getting more comfortable knitting wherever I go, but I managed to knit the better part of 2 shawls and finish a pair of socks so far and I still have 6 more days off before I have to go back to work.  My goal is to finish the second shawl, and then hopefully another pair of socks so the needles will be free for Sock Wars (which starts on Jan 15... woo hoo!  Can't wait!)

29. December 2009 22:32
by Jobo
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The Naughty Reindeer Strikes again

29. December 2009 22:32 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Rudolph?  forget reindeer games, he's been naughty this year? really really naughty?  definetly not PG-13 Rating either!

Some time ago, I spotted the "fornicating reindeer" chart on Ravelry, and I knew it would be perfect to make a not-so-normal gift for my Brother-in-law Ian. 

To give you some background? a few years ago for Christmas I knit him a pair of custom Norwegian Moose Mittens.  They were beautiful, oversized for man sized hands, with traditional patterns, and a nice Big Moose on the backs of the hands.  The youngest brother, who was around 11 at the time helped me to pick out the yarn? so the color was, errrr, a little less appropriate than one would have chosen for a 6 foot something Man - Fuschia Pink and Black.  There were lots of giggles on Christmas Morning when he opened them in front of the family.

Despite the Color Mismatch, he actually wore them!  I didn't know it at the time, but his buddies over in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, actually call him "Moose" as a nickname.  Apparently he got teased a bit? but if you knew Ian, you'd know? you don't really argue with a guy who is his size :)

So this year, I thought I would make him another knitted Moose item? though perhaps in a more color appropriate for a Gentleman of his stature ;)  The pattern however is MUCH less appropriate.  This little chart has been turned into everything from Mittens, to Hats and Scarves? each one more charming than the last.  I decided on the hat just because I knew I could finish that in a reasonable amount of time, and it could be finished with just one ball of each color.  Last time with the mittens I almost ran out of yarn? dude has XL hands

Enter:  Fornicating Deer Chart

I'm no ungulate expert? but to me, it seems that the chart could be reindeer or moose, so I think it works out okay?

Here's Ian sporting his new Chapeau:

 Humping Hat

I was impressed at how well received the whole thing was... there were lots of laughs and giggles, especially from my Father-in-law who laughed until he had tears rolling down both cheeks!  Apparently the design doesn't catch your eye right away, so isn't that noticeably naughty, but once you figure it out, it's quite funny.  I'm waiting to hear the Deer Lake Newfoundland reviews.  You never know I might be commissionned to make a few more?

Hope you all had a Merry ChristMOOSE!

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