Jobo Designs

Letting the crafty creative juices flow. Knitting, spinning, crafting, dyeing, rabbits, sheep and more!

27. July 2012 08:02
by Jobo
0 Comments

The Haapsalu Scarf: Square and Triangular Lace Scarves from Estonia

27. July 2012 08:02 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Holy Crap Batman.. the next instalment in the Haapsalu Shawl book series is out. and is it ever fantastic!

 

- As if the first book wasn't full of wonderful as it was. the second one is full of treasures and jaw-dropping incredible lace motifs.

 

- The previous publication was released in both English and Estonian, but this one is bilingual, with the pages divided up between the languages. Even so, it's still very readable and the print is nice and large. Some of the charts are tinier, but honestly, if you're crazy enough to try knitting these with thread and tiny needles, I doubt a small print chart is going to scare you off. just sayin' !

 

- More than just a lace dictionary. while full of charts and descriptions of different lace motifs and styles, this book also contains FULL patterns for many different scarves (FYI, in the Estonian tradition square and triangle lace is defined as a "Scarf", and a long rectangular stole is a "Shawl") and several formats for putting them together too. from the basic sewn on edging traditional format, to the more contemporary knit on borders and corner-miters.

 

- I've only flipped through the book a half dozen times so far. and not actually knit anything out of it yet, but I can tell you this:  The photography is fantastic, the historical details are fascinating, and the lace itself is breathtaking.  The first book was very well done, and I was able to knit actual projects from the basic schematics and charts alone, so I can only imagine how much easier it will be to get started on these where there are full patterns with stitch counts, layouts, etc.

 

- if you're thinking about buying this book:  Stop thinking about it and just do it.  Worth. Every. Penny.  I'm completely in love!

8. December 2011 15:47
by Jobo
0 Comments

Pretty Yarns…

8. December 2011 15:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I gave in to a weak moment last week and ordered some pretty new sock yarns.  I wasn’t going to do that again before the baby arrives, just in case I don’t have time to knit much over the next little bit.  These were just too pretty to resist though:

Dream in Color Starry

This is Dream in Color Starry (Sorry for the link absence… their site is under construction)… which has little sparkly strands of silver incorporated right into the yarn… resulting in a shimmery sparkly yarn.  I’m not sure just how sparkly it looks knit up, but I’ve liked the way other people’s projects looked.  Lately I have a thing for neutrals and browns.  I might end up doing a pair of Cookie A. Socks with this or maybe some Hunter Hammersen Socks… hmmm so many great choices!

String Threory Caper Sock 

And This is String Theory’s Caper Sock… a bouncy, deeply jewel colored, Cashmere Merino Blend.  I tried to capture the gentle sheen and depth of shade… and this is the closest I can get.  This is really really garnet colored yarn.  It’s soft, squishy, and I love it to pieces.  This will need to become a shawl for me.  Not for anybody else… but to be wrapped around my shoulders and neck.  Now I just need to decide… which Romi Hill Pattern will it be :)

27. October 2011 09:32
by Jobo
0 Comments

Pretties from the Retreat...

27. October 2011 09:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Is there anything better than walking around a room stuffed full of yarn and fiber vendors... where you are ENCOURAGED to touch, pet and fondle all the yarns you can find?  sigh.  I want to go to there.  Again.

Here are just a few of the goodies I picked up from the Bobbin Tree display.  Believe me - I showed great restraint.  There were many many braids and skeins and bags of things that were desirable.  I only came home with a few.  This is saying a lot!

BobbinTree Blended Merino granite 3

Ashland Bay Blended Merino Top "Granite"... repackaged by the lovely Janet at the Bobbin Tree in 50g and 100g braids so that there would be something for everyone.  This colorway is the ultimate in neutral browns, grays and denim.  I  picked up 2 of the 100g braids... because you just never know.  I think this is either going to be a featherweight shawl... or super chunky men's mittens.  very decisive, I know.

southafrican fine wtih fiber 

Waterloo Wools South African Fine Wool in "Sea Dragon" - Did you notice that there are no photos of this fiber in Braid form?  This was my indulgence on Saturday at the retreat.  This sproingy, soft, vibrant fiber just sang to me - Spin me NOW, don't think about me too much, tear me up, twist me and voila!  So I did.  With gusto.  I loved all of the colors... various shades of blues, greens, acid yellows, purples, and everything in between.  I let the fiber dictate the plan and basically let it spin itself.  Before I even got home from the retreat I had a 2 oz skein of Bulky weight 2 ply.  This type of yarn is a bit out of character for me, as I usually gravitate towards superfine lace yarns... but it was fun.  I will have to try this again soon :)

waterloo wools lace larimar

Waterloo Wools Soft-Single Laceweight "Larimar" - I had been wanting to try some Malabrigo lace, but somehow have never crossed paths with any in my travels.  (so sad, I know)  So when I saw this lovely yarn, and it reminded me of that style of softly spun, almost lightly felted singles, I could not resist.  For those not familiar with "Larimar" as a color... this is also the name of a lovely blue stone jewelry you can get down in the Dominican Republic...  the color reminds me of the Caribbean Ocean in it's blue loveliness.  I was happy also to see that the yardage is excellent - 800 yards if I remember correctly.  This should make a perfect light lacy shawl just for me... and in a fabulous color too!  This yarn was featured in 3 other jeweled tones... which I really had to exert a lot of effort not to bring home with me.

Powered by BlogEngine.NET | Theme: Yoko by Elmastudio, adapted by onesoft

Top