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29. January 2010 14:34
by Jobo

Storm Day Knitting... What would you do with an EXTRA few hours in YOUR day?

29. January 2010 14:34 by Jobo | 3 Comments

Eastern Canada is hunkering down for another nor-easter... Snow is imminent.  snow day

We're expecting 20 cm of snow over the next 24 hours and some gusty winds up to 80 km/hour so likely by this evening it will be blustery and blizzard-y.  All of the local schools and colleges have preemptively closed for the day, community activities are being cancelled or postponed left and right.  If you listen carefully you can almost hear the children giggle:  "It's a Snow-Day!  Woohoo!"

I agree wholeheartedly!  Being stuck at home for a few days equals  more time to get caught up around the house, and most importantly... more knitting time ;)

I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home when the weather is uncooperative - which is good considering I commute for 2 hours each day!  I started work this morning at 7 am, and will be finished mid afternoon, so I feel like somebody just handed me a few extra hours of free time!  Instead of spending 2 hours on the road today, I am going to use them to catch up on some knitting and fibery projects :)

I have plans to:

- Finally block the 3 pairs of socks that have been sitting completed and are waiting for their final soak

- Spin a few rolag(s) on my latest spindle project (Mystery gift fiber, spun laceweight on an Ashford top-whorl drop spindle)

- Crochet a few more diamond motifs for my Husband's 'Falling Blocks' afghan

- Knit a few rows on the latest socks - Plain Vanilla Stockinette Socks (in Regia Galaxy - Saturn)

blocking socks 1baby blues 2snowySaturnsnowy 2baby bluesblocking socks


What would YOU do with a few extra hours in your day?

26. January 2010 09:00
by Jobo

Corrupting the Neighbors... Aka Teaching Coworkers about Knitting!

26. January 2010 09:00 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I remember what it was like when I first discovered online knitting resources. 

I have mentioned to folks before, how in my hometown "yarn" was almost always acrylic... "wool" was "Briggs and Little" or "MacAuslands" products... and "patterns" were found in the yarn aisle and consisted of leaflets from Patons and Bernat.  There were a couple of Local Yarn Stores that came and went, but most of the locals knit exclusively with acrylic basic yarns so that's what products they carried.

I started knitting using products like Patons Canadiana, and Bernat Super Saver yarns... not that there is anything wrong with these things, they were sturdy and reasonably priced.  The garments made from them lasted and were satisfactory.  I learned to make the same afghans and mittens and socks that my Mother and Grandmother had made.  My influences were fairly limited.  I knew nothing of designers, hot new yarns, the wonders of wool, what handspun yarns felt like, the joys of hand painted and fancy colored yarns.  The yarns we had came from department stores basically.  So whatever the stores stocked was what we were exposed to - ewww to the eyelash yarn craze of the 90s.

Enter the Internet.  This unbelievable new resource has opened so many doors for me, and many other artists alike, in many different venues.  It was like a veil had been removed from my eyes - and the things I saw were so awe inducing that I could sit and look at the beautiful things other people had made for hours.  Often I did.

I had never really tried knitting with real "wool"... my only experiences up to that point involved the old fashioned wool that my mom used to hook rugs with.  It was good quality sturdy product, but too itchy for making any garments with in my own opinion.  I didn't like the way it felt.  To me seemed that wool must be itchy, and I didn't like that. 

After being introduced to photos of beautiful yarns like Noro, Cascade 220 (which apparently to everyone else is a staple), handpainted sock yarns, Merino, Angora, Alpaca, and many other lovely wools - I decided to try ordering some things online.  From that point I was hooked.  And I wondered how I could have missed out on lovely experiences like Malabrigo and fancy Silk and Tencel yarns for so much of my life.


At work the other day... a lady saw me knitting at the lunchroom table... I was using some lovely Brightly Colored Merino Sock yarn in a fingering weight - Blues and Purples - working on one of Cookie A's new patterns - "Kai-Mei"

Whattttt are you makinggggg! she said with amazement....

Fast forward a week later after our first knitting conversation... she pops by my cubicle and asks if she can get my help with something.  So I follow her back to her desk and sure enough she has purchased the exact book I had been using that day (oops, I might have told her where she can buy the books) and has a nice skein of self striping fingering wool that she found at the only local store here who sells such things  (oops, I might have mentioned the name of the store in passing)  and she was looking for confirmation that she was interpreting a stitch correctly.

I think I might have corrupted another neighbor.  OOPS.  lol.


Speaking of Yarn-Loving Neighbors... It would be nice to see where all of the lovely encouraging comments come from.  Please comment - Have you corrupted any of your knitting neighbors?  Where are you from?

25. January 2010 11:00
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: <insert Pink Panther Theme Song here>

25. January 2010 11:00 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Once this yarn came off the niddy noddy... there was no denying it... the color reminds me of the Pink Panther... though the squishy softness is heavenly onto itself!

Lately, I have been trying to spin some "larger" fatter yarns, as a challenge to myself.  I really like spinning thinner yarns for lace and socks, but wanted to learn the full range of spinning techniques.  So this particular 2 ply yarn is a basic barber pole from a mostly pink hand dyed roving (with some purplish bits) and worked out to be a Bulky yarn - somewhere around 7 WPI

pink panther

I'm not sure what I'll make with it, but the skein feels huge and puffy!  I was thinking I might make a baby item for a friend's new little bundle, but since the yarn isn't super wash, it might not be very practical for that kind of project.  (I usually make new baby things from acrylic since you can machine wash it, and the darn stuff is nearly indestructible!)

pinkpanther 2 

The lightness and poofyness of this yarn makes me think it should be used to create something that will be worn around the neck or close to the body... since I have been rubbing my face in it every time I walk by it... lol. 

(pick up yarn, squish, raise to face, inhale.  repeat until stress subsides.  if necessary carry yarn around to pet.  repeat initial recommendation)

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