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22. December 2010 09:32
by Jobo

the Knitted Shawls of 2010...

22. December 2010 09:32 by Jobo | 1 Comments

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Bitterroot by Rosemary Hill in JoboDesigns Handspun (Fleece Artist) Merino 2-ply; Travelling Woman by Liz Abinante in JoboDesigns "Tea and Blueberries" Handspun Polworth 2-ply; Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark in Knitpicks Shadow "Vineyard"; Ishbel by Ysolda Teague in Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit Angora.

No Cold Shoulders in Jobo's House!

21. December 2010 16:13
by Jobo

the Socks of 2010... Recap

21. December 2010 16:13 by Jobo | 0 Comments

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Starting from the top... left to right... and so on:  Della Socks by Holly Terrell in Barking Dog Yarns Sirius "Sky Pirate"; Cable and Lace by Allison Sarnoff in Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed "Bordeaux"; Maeve Socks by Janneke Maat in Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed "Gold"; Diagonal Lace Socks by Wendy Johnston in Fundy Footsee Wool; Diagonal Lace (Again) in JoboDesigns Handspun Handdyed Yarn; Plain Vanilla socks by JoboDesigns in Opal Rainforest; Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in Regia Galaxy Saturn; Dragonfly Socks by Jocelyn Sertich in Fundy Footsee Wool; Don't Box Me In by Helen Waittes in KnitPicks Stroll Kettle Dyed "Jay"; Kai-Mei by Cookie A. in KnitPicks Stroll handpainted in "Lullaby"; Mr Pitt's Socks by Kaitlyn Wong in Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Soot"; Soxual Persuasion by Judy Sumner in Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed "Spruce"; Plain Vanilla by JoboDesigns in Regia Galaxy; Meander by Lisa Stichweh in JoboDesigns Kettle Dyed; Wishing for Spring by Janine Le Cras in Araucania Ranco Multi "Lemon Lime"; Out of Town in London Fog by Helen Waittes in Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed "Spruce".

Sadly I did not photograph every pair of socks from 2010.... I think there are 3 more "faceless" pairs that have either been given away before photographing, or who are waiting to be blocked and given away as holiday gifts.  I think my addiction is under control... don't you think?  If I knit 18+ pairs of socks a year... that justifies having 18+ skeins in my stash right?  lol.

17. December 2010 05:25
by Jobo

Norwegian Mittens for Dad... finally rounding the bend

17. December 2010 05:25 by Jobo | 2 Comments

back of dad's mitts fish

You might remember... way back when... I had started making some Norwegian mittens for my Dad, but I got stuck.  I was using KnitPicks Pallete yarn, which is a little thinner than I have ever used for stranded knitting.  I know other people love the stuff, but I couldn't seem to get my gauge just right, and ended up frustrating myself.  I really liked the way the knitting worked out, and the way the patterns were showing, but my gauge was wonky, and I was knitting more stitches in a round than I ever have for mittens.  Needless to say, these hibernated for quite a while...

Then Christmas was coming.  fast.  darnnit.

So I decided I should rework my pattern, get some bigger yarn, like I am used to using, and just get the darn things finished.  It's the only thing that Dad has asked me to make him, like ever, and I don't want to let him down.

I went out and got some Paton's Classic Wool... which is a light worsted, but knits up great stranded on about a 3.5 - 3.75 mm needle.  It's kind of like my old faithful when it comes to yarn.  It's wool, it's dependable, and it seems to always work out for me.

I borrowed the fish motif from the Fisherman's Friend Mittens by Jorid Linvik, and the dog motif from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila MacGregor... and rearranged them and tweaked them to make a pair of man sized, "trigger" mittens.  (i.e. where the pointer finger has it's own glove like finger and the rest of the fingers share a spot)

I am more pleased now with the way things are going together.  I think dad will love them too!


dad's mittens dog

I'm hoping to get the pair completed soon... I only have the thumbs and the tops of the main finger area left to do... and then to tie in the ends of course, and block them.  I currently don't have any man sized mitten blockers, and certainly not any to fit trigger mittens.  I guess I'll have to do the cardboard cutout thing again and cover them with plastic wrap.  Someday I'd like to buy more blockers, but that would mean making up my mind about what sizes and materials I should get.  sigh.  No more major decisions until after the holidays, k?  tks.

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