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30. August 2012 08:48
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Handspun Alpaca Mittens for Romy.

30. August 2012 08:48 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Years ago when I started spinning. I bought a 2 ounce braid of gold/yellow/red alpaca fiber from Fleece Artist.  I figured since I was just learning, it was ok to buy some small braids and just learn on them.  The finished yarn reminds me a bit of a roll of Life Savers candy. or maybe a bowl of Froot Loops?

 

I spun a small skein of Navajo 3-ply yarn and gave it to my Mom to knit something with.

 

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Well, she decided to make a little pair of mittens and hold onto them until someday when a little grandkid came along. well BINGO! There IS a cute little grandkid, and now she is going to have warm little fingers all winter. They are still a little bit too big, but that's ok.

 

They're woolly and warm, and knit by her Grandma, and that's all that matters Smile

 

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27. August 2012 22:35
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Lily of the Valley. sneak peek for C!

27. August 2012 22:35 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been puttering away on the knitting. starting some new things, and completing a few, but I've been a little lazy about photographing everything!  Well a friend finally called me out on it and asked if I was ever going to give her a peek of that shawl I was working on. since she had heard about it and wondered what it was like.

 

This one is full of Nupps!  It's a Nupp fest really - as are all of the traditional Estonian Lily of the Valley patterns.  It's basically a chain of YOs to make the stem of the flower, and the nupps are the flowers.

 

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So. I did a pseudo block so I can show the progress so far Smile

 

The baby alpaca yarn is soft and light, and though the color is difficult to photograph, I'm quite pleased with the results so far.

 

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You can't really tell from these pics, but I'm about halfway there.  I plan on using up the two skeins of this that were in my stash, and I've knit up the majority of the first skein.  I'm relying on my kitchen scale and a little luck to eyeball how far I can go with the center panel and still have enough left to do a nice sized border.  I still have to decide on what kind of border too Smile

 

So C:  What do you think?  lol

8. August 2012 08:20
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False Start.

8. August 2012 08:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been working ahead on some gift socks for my holiday knitting. but unfortunately it's a false start.

 

First the Yarn:  Some of my old standby, KnitPicks Stroll Tonal in Canopy

 

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the RoadI purchased a copy of "The Road Goes Ever On"  by Claire Ellen some time ago. and decided that now was the time to get started and get my Cable-On.  This collection of socks (mostly cabled, some lace) is beautifully designed and contains great charts and detailed patterns.  Each design is named for a character from the Lord of the Rings series by Tolkien too. so neat back stories as well.

 

My only real complaint is that there aren't more photos of these fantastic socks.  I've been going back and forth to Ravelry to look at projects to get more ideas of how the designs wrap around the heels and legs, since many of them are quite unique.

 

I decided to start with Eomer. a very cabled pair, featuring some 2-stitch travelling cables that remind me of wrought iron gates, and some sections of double moss stitch and rib.

 

I love everything about this sock really.. the only thing I didn't account for though is the fact that I started with the "small" size, and the way that the cables run has really restricted the stretch of the ankle and leg of the sock.  But look at them!  So pretty and curving, almost like a filigree of green yarny goodness. and I was almost enjoying the double-moss.  Why is it that I can't stand K1P1 Ribbing, and would rather poke my own eyes out with a set of 2.5mms, but I actually like double moss?  Its the same darn thing!  Clearly it's in my head.  go figure.

 

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tip cables pull inSo bummer: I'm in the frog pond. I just wish I hadn't made it all the way to the heel before trying to put it on my foot. My ankles were ginormous last summer from the fluid accumulation of pregnancy, and they have shrunk back to a normalish size (I can wear my own shoes and socks again finally) but I don't think that there's even a remote chance that these will go comfortably around my ankle, let alone take the chance that they might not go over the intended gift recipient's ankle either.  The heel is so pretty too. the way the cables spread out over the top of the ankle, then turn into ribbing.  I bet it would have hugged the ankle perfectly too Smile

 

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Oh well. it's been ravelled and I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking maybe I'll try a Cookie A. design I've been sitting on for a while and come back to the Cabled-wonders some other time.  It's a little heartbreaking to rip back cables so lovely!

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