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31. August 2011 19:55
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Little Blue Socks... very little!

31. August 2011 19:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been having a hard time getting much accomplished knitting-wise lately.  I pick away at a few things, here and there, but never seem to finish anything big or impressive the last little while.  I think that's why I'm enjoying knitting baby things.  Not only will they be useful soon, but it's the sort of project I can actually finish and feel like I achieved something.

Blue Little Sockies 

These are some tiny, approximately infant sized, leftover socks.  I have lots of little balls of leftover sock yarn in a big basket in the craft studio.  I had been planning forever on trying to come up with a use for them - maybe a sock-yarn-scrap-blanket or a crazy pair of fair isle socks or something.  I think this solution is a bit more fun:  Make baby socks and hats out of them!  So that's what I've been doing... making little socks and hats until I run out!  This particular pair is made from some Araucania Ranco Multi leftovers :)

One thing I find very challenging about making baby things, however, is the sizing.  I know how big adult feet are.  I know how big the average adult noggin is.  Children however, especially babies, are a complete mystery to me!  I can read the gauge in the pattern and try to match it perfectly, but often the finished garment looks either too big or too small to my inexperienced view of babies.  I've made some socks that look teensy weensy, and hats that look too big.  These socks, I hope, are an intermediate size.... perhaps too big for a newborn, but hopefully just right for somewhere between newborn and 3 - 6 months.  I knit this pair on size 2.5 mm circs, with 40 stitches in the round... done the boring old traditional way from the cuff down.

I keep trying to reassure myself - babies come in all shapes and sizes; if I make enough pairs of various things in various sizes, there will be a kid somewhere who will be able to wear them.  Even if that's not my own little jellybean, someone will get use out of them :)

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?

16. May 2011 09:59
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Yarn Candy Monday: Living Vicariously...

16. May 2011 09:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My knitting Mojo has taken a serious hit... so there hasn't been a lot of new knitting or new spinning going on in the last few weeks.... so This week - I bring you Beautiful Wooly Wonders that I Do Not Own!  Though these beauties are on the short list for items to buy when the budget allows:

Alpaca/Merino/Silk Roving from Woolgatherings

image I absolutely love the cheery Greens, Blues, Teals, and every shade in between!

No 31. Equinox Superwash Merino/Bamboo Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

imageThese Great Greens and Yellows just scream Spring!

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