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6. November 2014 13:42
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Button for your thoughts? Custom Designed Dr Who Buttons... of course!

6. November 2014 13:42 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been plugging away on my Custom Dr Who Tardis Slippers... (you can read more here:  linky) and I finally have something fun to show!

After an exhaustive search for buttons... I wasn't able to find what I wanted - one inch sized two or four hole buttons with some kind of Dr Who themed design or pattern.  I looked at clay ones, and printed ones.  I found a dalek or two, and a couple of tardis ones, but nothing in the size and level of simplicity required for this project.

So I started thinking... If I could have any buttons, what would they look like?  And then it hits me - I could make buttons with a secret inside message for the slipper recipients! I could create buttons and write anything I wanted on them in Circular Gallifreyan!  (basically the made up language of the Time Lords in the series)

Then I started looking for a Gallifreyan translator... bought some one inch white resin buttons and a trusty permanent fine point marker...  and started playing with my idea.

 

Here are the finished buttons!  I think they look fantastic... and I love that the design actually represents words that are meaningful for my Client!

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CONTEST: Would you like to win a set of three custom designed Dr Who Buttons for yourself?  Decipher the code and tell me what the top set of buttons says, and I will make you three buttons of your very own!  Please email entries to fiddle_grrl AT Hotmail DOT com with the subject of "Dr Who Buttons". Entries accepted until Nov 20/14 at 5 pm.  All correct entries will be entered in a hat for a random draw!  Like us and Share the post on Facebook for an extra entry :)

4. November 2014 10:32
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Freeform Lace... with Handspun of Course!

4. November 2014 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 

I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians!  They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl.  He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here:  Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz).  His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him!  That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :)  Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!

So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on?  Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir.  That's just wrong.

The Fiber

I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof.  I can't find any "before" photos of it though.  Woops!  (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details!  It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!).  While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with.  I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them!  The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.

 

The Yarn

- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up. 

- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight. 

- Final guesses on Yardage:  125 yards

Design

- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?

- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan. 

- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side.  I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again.  I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle. 

- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer. 

- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace.  So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!

Shetland inspired points...

Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...

Long view... showing Gradient.

Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued!  (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)

29. October 2014 09:22
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A Gradient Spin

29. October 2014 09:22 by Jobo | 0 Comments

While thinking about things I wanted to Blog about... I started looking back at some yarns I have worked on in the last little while.  This particular one sticks in my mind, and I daydream about what I should make with it!

The whole thing started as a small 1 oz sample braid of Merino from an unknown dyer, that I received in a swap box last year

The strip of "top" fades from a steely grey, through lavender, purple, pink, and almost burgundy... and since it's such a pretty run of color, I decided to strip it in half as carefully as possible and spin the two halves to be as identical as possible.  Here is one half on my Spanish Peacock Tibetan Supported Set... it's a lovely shade of warm dark red, and spins like a dream. This is the only set I have with a matching spindle and bowl, and I love it!  (Notice the large green thing in the foreground?  I was working on this when I was 7 months pregnant... lol. Hello Belly!)

After both halves were completed... I decided to chain ply them to keep the color runs, and would have two identical balls of gradient - hopefully enough when paired with some other yarn to make a pair of colorwork mittens for one of my kids.  Here is the progression of colors shown during plying on my Ashford Traveller.  You can see the loops a bit in my plying on the bobbin, but after a bath and a bit of a whack, they disappear.  I never find them noticeable in the knitting either.

And here is what it looks like plied and balled up!  Two half ounce balls of nearly identical color gradient goodness. 

I think I will pair them up with some charcoal grey commercial yarn I have in my stash and knit up some kind of fair isle or color stranded mittens... but I haven't decided yet what they should look like.  My oldest girl is silly and quirky, and I think she needs something more unique than just a snowflake or a flower.  I'll have to see if I can come up with something that will make her giggle and smile :)  She and I have the same goofy sense of humor.

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