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22. June 2015 13:13
by Jobo

Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair Number 6

22. June 2015 13:13 by Jobo | 5 Comments

April was another busy month, but I still managed to finish another pair of completely plain socks.  I've been following along with Heatherly Walker's year of socks with the group, but unfortunately my brain power has been limited due to lack of sleep.  PLAIN SOCKS IT IS.


The Pattern:

This time, I decided to work a pair in my own plain sock pattern.  I've knit enough pairs of socks now that I don't really have to think.  My favorite structure is top-down, twisted rib cuff, slipped stitch gusset heel, plain toes.  I'm a simple gal.  These fit well, are easy on the head, and make for excellent mindless knitting.

The Yarn:

Knit Picks Stroll - Handpainted in "Pony Ride" a nice grey, caramel, brown multicolored skein.  (it makes me think of Calico Kitties)



22. November 2010 09:15
by Jobo

Finished Art Yarn Woven Scarf

22. November 2010 09:15 by Jobo | 0 Comments

woven scarfAfter a good warm bath, and a day or so to dry... here is my first finished woven scarf!

The finished product smoothed out fairly nicely, and where there had been some minute gaps in the weave, the soak seemed to even things out.  I find the finished scarf to be a little bit itchy, but that might be the mohair content in it, which I generally find to be quite irritating close to the skin.

I am surprised at how much I enjoyed weaving with the "art" yarn... Because I really do not enjoy knitting with it.  I am one of those knitters who likes to see the stitch definition.  I like seeing orderly matching stitches, and the geometric patterns they form.  Knitting with lumpy bumpy uneven textured yarns is interesting, and generally gives unique results, but in the end, I find I am not drawn to that style.  In the weaving however, this unevenness lends character to the fabric, and makes a beginner weaver's mistakes less obvious.  When my weaving wasn't exactly even, a thin or thick strand broke up the basic basketweave pattern enough that it covered my flaws.  Even the slubs and bits of sari silk blended in without standing out from the finished product in a disruptive way (unlike knitting where they seem to dangle from the fabric on one side or the other, sticking out like a sore thumb)

The finished scarf did shrink some in the wash, which I was expecting to happen after reading about the "set" process.  I didn't take a finished measurement, but it fits nicely around the neck without hanging out the bottom of my coat.  I made a basic fringe with overhand knots - combining 4 strands of warp together. The tassels look really blue though, and I wish I had thought of combining in some of the art yarn to carry the glitz and sparkle all the way to the tips.

My brain has been churning away... thinking of what weaving project I should try next... but AFTER the holidays of course.  I likely don't have much free play time until then ;)

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