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27. August 2009 21:00
by Jobo
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All Thumbs... well maybe not!

27. August 2009 21:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Lately, I've been a Thrum Knittin Machine!   For Christmas I wanted to make a few pairs to give as gifts, and besides that I've had a few ladies at work ask if I could make some commissionned pairs.  I find that once I get into the swing of things each mitten goes pretty quickly... first the cuff, then the hands, slip stitches onto holders for the thumbs, then up the fingers and cast off.  BUT for some reason I can't seem to get inspired to do the thumbs... lol.  I think it's a kind of thumb procrastination problem!

Here they are... sooo close to being finished, but no 'thumbs-up' around here today.  What's got two thumbs and doesn't give a crap?  Not these Mittens!

Close up of the two contrasting styles of thrummables:

Red solid with traditional undyed cream coloured thrums, with staggered spacing.  Some people say that the thrums done this way look like little hearts embedded in the fabric.

Purple variegated with Natural Chocolate Merino Lamb's wool thrums - in a colour matching the main yarn so as to blend in.  These mittens use the standard evenly spaced grid thrum method, and have a more subtle appearance (less "heart" look) for a special person who would love a pair of thrummed mitts, but perhaps is not the sort of person who would wear things with hearts on them.

 

The thumbs might get completed someday soon... at least they are on my finish-me radar.  But until then - No Thumbs for YOU!

23. April 2009 18:11
by Jobo
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Wedding Favours... aka Candies for You and Me ! (ok, and maybe more for Me :P)

23. April 2009 18:11 by Jobo | 2 Comments

We are on a serious wedding countdown people!  I get married in T-minus 58 days!  Time is flying by, and so are the tasks that need to be accomplished before the big day comes.  Last evening, I went out with the girls and we got our dresses shortenned and fitted.. so yet another chore off the list done. 

I also finally went out and got the candy to go inside the wedding favor boxes yesterday. Some months ago, I purchased a custom rubber stamp from a great little company I found on etsy - Sweet Papery

They were really easy to work with, even with a custom order where we basically took ideas from several existing stamps and modified the design to suit.  Process was fast, easy, and reasonably priced too.  I think I might have to order a few more stamps... maybe address ones, and maybe some gift ones.

For the Wedding Favors, I chose candy because of course, I am completely and hopelessly addicted to candy anyways.  Instead of sticking with one type for all of them, I decided that I would do half and half:  Jordan Almonds (in Mauve and White) and the other half Hershey's Kisses (white and dark chocolate)  The plan is also to "Surprise" some of the most special of guests with their favorite treats.  (i.e Licorice Allsorts in Grampa's Box)

I was lucky enough to find some box kits at Michael's on sale too.  The kits contain cream coloured boxes, Precut Black Ribbon, and some Printable stickers for monograms, but of course I didn't use those since I had my cool stamp just waiting to be inked.  So I used the stamp to print the logo in icicle white ink on Black Card Stock, and voila...



It was hard to decide how much candy to put inside... aka make the supply go as far as possible, but trying not to look like a candy cheapskate either! 



I'm pretty pleased with the end result :)  Now for the hard part.... NOT eating them for 58 more days whilst I wait patiently!

 

8. February 2009 11:32
by Jobo
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Custom Mittens - Made to Order!

8. February 2009 11:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Want a pair of homemade Mittens?  Something warm, fuzzy, unique, created with yarn and a design that you chose for yourself?  Made specifically to fit you?

 Don't know how to knit?

No Problem!  

 

 

The time when every young woman knew how to knit is probably over.  I am really glad that as times change, more and more people are becoming interested in knitting for it's creativity bolstering and stress relieving properties, but many of my friends and family are just unable to knit for themselves.  I on the other hand, adore the craft, to the point of mild obession.  (hey, yarn and fiber are my vices, I could have chosen worse ones!)  So Lately I have been taking on more commissionned projects - knitting specific items for specific people.

 

This past week, I have knit a custom pair of mittens for a special customer who, not for lack of trying, has been unable to find a pair of mittens acceptable to match her coat.  So I suggested that she go to the Local Yarn Store, choose a yarn that she likes, and let me craft her a pair instead of wandering the mall again.  So she submitted me some measurements of her hands, and I swatched, and pondered, and got to work. 

 

She had originally liked a pair of mittens that I was wearing, Handmade Thrum Mittens, with billows of soft and airy Baby Alpaca Fiber inside.  For her mittens, we chose a soft and durable sage green yarn, and some combed Polwarth wool top for the thrums. 

 

Being an experienced knitter, I have probably made about 30 pairs of mittens over the last 6 or 7 years, so making an average pair of adult mittens at this point takes less than 10 hours.  Probably more like 5 hours if I make my standard pair.  These were very straight forward, so I estimate about 6 hours from cast-on to ends woven in - not a very long time committment.

 

The result:  perfectly fitting, perfectly matching, Custom Mittens!  Ready for a typical Cold Snowy Canadian Winter!

 

 

Interested in a pair?  Depending on materials, and design requirements, a custom pair of mittens could be designed and crafted over a period as little as 1 - 2 weeks.  For Prices (unique with contract) or more details, please contact me. 

 

Toying with the idea of making your own Thrum Mittens?  See my new Make-your-own-Thrums Tutorial

 

Happy Knitting All !  (It's going to be a long winter, make more mittens)

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