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1. December 2011 14:46
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More Holiday Knitting? Man Socks? and a rant about ribbing.

1. December 2011 14:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Every year I end up knitting at least a few pairs of ?Man Socks?? aka plain, bland colored, utilitarian, simple, large socks.  Each year it seems, they are for a different person, but nonetheless ? plain ribbed men?s socks. 

Ribbing is my arch enemy!  My nemesis, as it were.  I can knit complicated lace until the cows come home.  Fast.  But put me in front of a garment made up entirely of basic 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing, even seed stitch (that?s just alternating K and P? which is also Ribbing!) and I am paralyzed.  Knitting ribbing seems to take eons.  I know it?s likely all in my head, because I don?t have a problem switching between knit and purl for other things, but ribbing ? oh how I hate thee!  Even though you look beautiful and orderly and elegant in your straight lines.

Kevin's Belfast Wool Socks

Now don?t get me wrong? I know the recipient will love these socks, and they will get worn to pieces, and keep the lucky person?s feet nice and toasty ? but I find knitting plain men?s socks to be complete torture!  I love it when I find a man who will accept a sock with a little cable in it, or a bit of a ?design? to it because I know I?ll be able to finish the more ?complicated? sock in half the time of the plain ribbing ones.  I?ve knit lace socks with all-over lace in less time than knitting a small pair of plain ribbed ones.  Maybe I just get bored with ribbing?  where patterning keeps my brain active and I feel more engaged by the knitting?  who knows.

This pair is made from Belfast Mini Mills Merino/Nylon Blend Sock Yarn in a lovely bittersweet chocolate color.  I found the yarn to be a bit splitty in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.  This is my improvised plain Man Sock? basically a toe up variety in 1x4 ribbing for everything except the sole, and of course a slipped stitch heel for some extra cushion.  I used up the majority of 2 skeins? one per sock.

4. July 2011 10:57
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Yarn Candy Monday... More Lace Handspun

4. July 2011 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

madli Swatch

Lately I've been gravitating towards ultra-thin, almost cobwebby handspun for lace.  I think maybe because I like getting the absolute most out of a pretty braid of fiber... that, and I love to knit lace in the first place! 

This - is from a bag of carded fiber from Belfast Mini Mills - a blend of Bamboo, Merino and Tussah Silk (percentages of which elude me at the moment)  I'm testing out a theory that I should be able to spin this very lightweight on my Russian Supported Spindle, and perhaps have enough out of the 4 ounce bag to make an estonian style haapsalu shawl... or at least something in that tradition.  I wanted to spin up a handful first and see how the finished yarn behaves before I go on to complete the whole bag.

The Yarn is a nice fine 2 ply... which shifts from light creamy green to denim blue and back and forth.  Basically the roving has a strip of each color side-by-side (will get more photos later) and as you spin back and forth across you get a blend.  When I started spinning, I noticed quite a few nepps and little blobs of the silk, which was a little disappointing.  I had hoped for an ultra-smooth spin, as one would usually find with bamboo and silk blend fibers.  I decided though, to just let it go - spin it as it comes - and try not to be too much of a control freak about everything.  I'm going to have to learn to let go a bit with the whole baby thing, so why not start now?  (Jobo - you can't control every aspect of the world... lol)madli thread swatch

I decided to try a swatch from Knitted Lace of Estonia, since that's what was on my coffee table at the time... though I will likely go back to the Haapsalu Shawl Book when the yarn is completed and I'm ready for the official cast on.  I plan to do the basic rectangle, with the vine lace and nupps, and the standard garter stitch border, then maybe a knitted border sewn on afterwards, sanity and remaining yarn notwithstanding.  This swatch was knit on 2.75 mm dpns (since also, this is what was on my coffee table!)

The resulting lace yarn has some lumps and bumps in it.  The colors come at you randomly (only blended a little by the 2-ply's effect) and I wasn't sure if the lace stitches would cover up and complement some of this effect, or hide the lace completely.  I think the finished swatch is alright... definitely less muddy than I might have guessed it would be.  I think it's promising enough to finish spinning up the bag this way, and then cast on and see how it goes.

What do you think?  does the yarn mask the lace too much?

13. June 2011 09:21
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Yarn Candy Monday... Belfast Superwash Sock

13. June 2011 09:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Belfast Superwash Sock I went up for a drive to Belfast Mini Mills over the weekend... to check out the latest yarns and fibers, but also to get out of the house.  (Might I add, the Mill has a tea room, and some of the best cinnamon buns I've eaten!)

So, knitterjo and I headed out, and wandered up to the mill, chatted with the lovely ladies at the shop, admired some great handcrafts, petted lots of skeins of yarn, "talked" with some of the animals (an especially vocal goat met us at the car) and enjoyed the sunny Saturday.

Among my treasures, I brought home a few skeins of their new Specialty Sock Blend... a nice soft, squishy, bouncy wool and nylon blend.  I really like the feel of this yarn, but it seems too soft and luxurious to be made into socks.  I know it has nylon in it, but it still doesn't feel like it would be hard-wearing enough for the people I make socks for (ahem, husband's father and my dad) though your mileage may vary.  I'd love to hear how this stuff holds up in real day-to-day shoe wear.

I loved this color.  It's purple-liscious.  It's glowing, heathery, periwinkly purply blue.  When we were kids, I remember this being my sister's color.  She has beautiful red hair, and thusly looks excellent in all shades of plum and purple.  I have always loved this color myself too! 

I hope to make something very un-socky with these skeins... maybe an EZ February Baby Sweater or something... time will tell ;)  I'd hate to burden a new mom with a hand-wash wool item... but hey - this IS in fact Superwash, that makes it better... right?

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