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5. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Easter Edition!

5. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 1 Comments

You might remember a post about this yarn some time ago (back in August here) about this Pretty Cotton Candy Blue navajo 3-ply Merino... Well I couldn't help myself this weekend and I finally decided on a suitable sock pattern to use this for :)  The light blues and purples and pinks made me think of Easter eggs and spring time.  The weather here this week has been excellent and warm - gotta love t-shirt weather in March and April!

cotton candy handspun

Here is just a sneak peak at the socks in progress - Wendy Johnsons Diagonal Lace Socks

DIAGONAL

1. April 2010 19:58
by Jobo
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Iron Knitter - All over but the Crying!

1. April 2010 19:58 by Jobo | 1 Comments

After several months of knitting socks for the Iron Knitter competition... I'm sad to say it's all over for now.  The last round featured an interesting pattern - again, not one I would have necessarily have chosen on my own, but definitely a learning experience.

Pattern 6:  Meander by Lisa Stichweh

I liked the idea of a cable running around the ankle and then onto the foot... but I wasn't crazy about the cables themselves.  Now that's not to say they weren't perfectly good cables, I just have an issue with symmetry, so I didn't enjoy the fact that one of the "rope" strands was 1 stitch wide, and the other was 2 stitches wide.  It just felt lopsided as I was working on it, though I will admit it looked fine and not funny at all when the socks were completed.

I also found the seemingly random placement of ribbing stitches to be a bit challenging.  Usually when there is ribbing there is a regular pattern of knits and purls (i.e. k1p1, or k2p2, or even k2p1, etc.)  but in this case there was a non-repeating distribution of knits and purls.  This made it quite difficult to get into any sort of rhythm in knitting this area, although I will admit that I did get better at following along knitting and purling as the row before.  I would try and sneak a peek at the next 2-3 stitches, work those and then sneak a peek at the next few, and so on.

The most challenging part of the sock was following the pattern with the travelling cable across the ribbing.  In a way it reminded me of the Cookie A.  "Kai Mei" socks that I finished after Christmas, and the way that the lace panel travelled it's way across the sock, though in the case of the "Meander" socks, you had 2 cables travelling from the back of the sock to the front where they met in the middle and converged to end in one cable on the top of the foot.

 

finished meander 2

In the end, I was happy with the socks, though I think the yarn is maybe a little too busy in color variation to properly show off the cables on the socks.  I might overdye them to be a more solid purple.  I still have to think about it for a while.

The pattern was quite well written and easy to follow... I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cabley challenge :)

So who won the contest?   Well needless to say, it wasn't me... but I wasn't as far off as I thought I might be.  The winner was Ember (who coincidentally was on Team Canada also?!)  and she completed her entire pair in around 18-19 hours!  You know you have a hard core knitter when you find someone willing to knit on through the night without sleep to win a knitting contest! 

Your favorite Jobo finished in 5th Place :)  I couldn't stay up all night (I think my hands might have fallen off, and I get cranky when I don't sleep enough)  so I knit the first sock completely on Saturday, and woke up early Sunday and completed sock number two before bedtime.

Congratulations to Ember and to all of the knitters who participated in Iron Knitter!  It was great to meet you all, and I hope to keep in touch!

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Stay tuned for more Iron Knitter Wrap-Up Posts... I have a couple of surprises for you!

31. December 2009 18:09
by Jobo
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Dragonfliers

31. December 2009 18:09 by Jobo | 5 Comments

Since I was a teenager, I've had a "thing" for Dragonflies.  I used to have jewelry and all sorts of fashion items with Dragonflies on them... so I guess it follows that when I saw a pattern for "Dragonfly Socks" by Jocelyn Sertich, that I should eventually make a pair.  The pattern itself doesn't really look like dragonflies, so I'm not sure why it was named that.  Either way, it's a horseshoe lace stitch pattern, and when worked up somewhat resembles the monkey socks I made a few months back.

Grey Day Christmas YarnThe yarn is special stuff that my Mom picked out when she was on vacation down in Maine over the summer... and then gave me for Christmas.  (along with another really cool skein by the same manufacturer)  It's called Fundy Footsee from Done Roving... and is knitting up really nicely.  the wool blend (with a little nylon for durability) is quite smooth and not at all itchy.  The purples and grays are a lot of fun to work with, and as always the pooling and flashing adds a lot of interest to this knit.  I love knitting socks anyways, but when you pair up a good pattern with some fancy yarn restful vacation time you have a winning combination.

 

dragonflier 2 socks I don't want to give away too much... after all I only have the first sock finished :)  The yarn looks different colors in different types of light.  In daylight, the grays are steely and silvery, and under the lamp after dark, the grays look almost pewter or light blue... so excuse the fact that the photos looks a little funny.  Overall the pooling is minimal, creating more of a spiral flash ever inch or so, but in a pleasing way.  The horseshoe lace pattern is easy to memorize too which makes it a reasonable travel pair of socks too. 

I have been in training for Sock Wars V, so for curiosity's sake, I have been keeping track of how long basic knitting things take me... to see if it is even possible that I might be able to knit an entire pair of socks on size 2mm needles with fingering weight yarn in only a weekend.  When the pattern is available for Sock Wars on Friday Jan 15, I want to be ready to leap from the starting post and knit my little heart out.  Basically, because of the way the postal service works in Canada, the earliest I can mail out the socks is Monday Morning,  so that means I will need to finish an entire pair of socks all the while beating my own record knit marathon time.

I decided to take segments of the sock and time them, just to get an estimate of whether or not a whole-pair-weekend was even possible.  A basic 12-row 2x2 ribbing cuff took me approximately 20 minutes, and each repeat of the 10-row horseshoe lace stitch pattern took around 15-20 minutes (my speed improved as I became more comfortable with the pattern itself)  and each repeat yielded approximately an inch of completed sock.  Just by that estimate? at around 20 minutes an inch, that means:

leg of sock (6-7 inches) = 20 x 7 = 140 minutes

Foot (8-9 inches) = 20 x 9 = 180 minutes

so without accounting for the extra time to turn the heel and whatnot that?s at least 320 minutes or 5.3 hours per sock.  Likely each sock will take me more like 10 hours when you factor in things like attention span and distractions.  So maybe it will be possible? if I can knit like it's my Job for a whole weekend.  Maybe I'll have to time the heel on sock number two and see how far off my estimate is.  Boy, this training is hard work *wink wink*  ok, maybe not so difficult... if you consider the posh yarn and the box of chocolates sitting next to my knitting perch :)

dragonflier 3 socks 

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On another note, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you all for following along with my crafty adventures :)  Hope to see you all for another great year of fibery fun!

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