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1. November 2010 09:36
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Hand Dyed Merino Roving... Jobo-Colors-Style!

1. November 2010 09:36 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been working on a couple of commissioned projects this month... trying to get things finished for the Holidays... and this is one of them.  The plan is to make a pair of Lined mittens out of handspun yarn for a young woman who wears a lot of blue jeans and a black winter coat. 

Dyed Fiber

This is some super soft Merino Top (one of my favorites to work with, and also to dye with)  that I hand painted with some Jacquard Acid Dyes.  Basically I soaked the natural colored wool and then splashed it sparsely with shades of Black, Gunmetal Grey and bits of Teal Blue, then wrapped in Plastic Wrap and Nuked in the Microwave until set.  The places where the Black blended into the cream fiber created some nice brownish areas and the grays and blues are fading nicely from medium to light shades. 

fiber nests two

It might look in the photos like there is a lot of brown, but it's actually not as visible as all of that... the Grays, Blues and Blacks dominate quite nicely.  These little "Nests" of predrafted fiber will become a nice bouncy, round, worsted weight 3-ply yarn to even out the colors and blend the shades together further.  The light pearly blues and pale grays that appear sporadically in the mix remind me of the shimmering shades in Mother of Pearl... I think these mittens will require buttons of the mother-of-pearl variety to be incorporated into the design :) 

fiber nests

Maybe next week's Yarn Candy will be the finished yarn?  One can only hope...

13. October 2008 20:38
by Jobo

Sock and Nacho Spectacular

13. October 2008 20:38 by Jobo | 1 Comments

Yeah, yeah I know, I have totally been neglecting my blog...  bad bad Jobo.

Things have been getting hairier by the day around here, what with work being nutso, and having the house now up for sale, it seems there is non-stop action around here.  Marky even has exams, so it's not just me with urgent, time sensitive crapola on the go either.  I need a vacation, or at the very least a nap I think!

On the cooking front: 

Nobody (I mean Nobody!) makes nachos like me :)  Not to toot my own horn, but I haven't found restaurant nachos this good in a long time.  Our secret at home is in the toppings.  I like to keep the leftover spiced ground beef when we make tacos, and save it in the freezer, so when the nacho craving comes along, all you have to do is defrost, and Wham!  Nachos with Mexican Flare.  Other must haves include:  Black Olives, Chopped Onions, Green Pepper (from my garden), Fresh Jalapenos, Grated Mozza and Cheddar, Spicy Salsa, Sour Cream, and Guac if you are totally starving.  This time for a change we used a mix of yellow and blue corn tortilla chips, carefully layered on a foil lined cookie sheet, and baked in the oven just until the meat had warmed up and the cheese melted and started to bubble a bit.  Craving Nachos Yet?  Good, thats what I thought.


On the Crafting Front:

Using up some Kroy Jacquard  Sock Yarn that has been laying around here for a while.  Now that I have learned to do the "short-rows" method socks, I'm not sure I will ever go back to the old Kitchener stitch toe graft ever again.  These are my first pair of "toe-up" socks.  (For those of you who aren't sock knitters yet, usually you cast on in the round at the ankle, and knit a tube all the way to the toes, then use a darning needle to graft the toe together.  Pro's make this look easy, the grafting stitch, called kitchener, is somewhat of an acquired skill)  I like the colours and the pattern that results, but I think they may be too flashy for Christmas gifts.  Oops, I may just have to keep them myself :) darn :)

Anyways, enough for now :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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