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3. May 2011 08:35
by Jobo

Wings n' Things Fiber Club and Spin Along

3. May 2011 08:35 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Wings n' Things fiber club

Some time ago... I was tempted by a neat new fiber club from AllForLoveOfYarn - basically a club with a 4 ounce braid of some fibey-yummies and some other toys and gifts to match!  I've always been pleased with purchases from this company, and this club kit was no exception!  They are also hosting a spin-along with the fiber, where you are entered to win prizes and such.  I am enjoying seeing what other people make with the same braid of fiber!  It's amazing how creative and unique we can all be when it comes to this sort of thing.

I'll admit, it isn't that difficult to twist my arm sometimes when it comes to that stuff... lol

Well here is my package of goodies!  in color way - Purple Moth



Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Kit 

The fiber is a 4 ounce braid of 25% Silk / 75 % BFL, with a wonderful sheen and rainbow of jewel toned colors.  The fiber moves from rich pinks and garnets, through amethyst, and even has a hint of citrine or golden shimmer here and there.  I can't wait to dig into this one.  I think it's screaming to become singles.... shiny, girly, shimmery singles.  *swoon!*

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Kit contents

And here are the goodies!  Butterfly Stitch markers... with pretty matched lavender beads, some yarn tags, perfect for recording details about that precious handspun skein, and finally some natural, organic, beeswax lip balm.  Perfect for a little lip pick-me-up.

Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Braid

One more photo of the Braid... because it's pretty, and because I can !!  *wink wink*

17. January 2010 23:40
by Jobo

Sock Wars V... 'Cheque' is in the Mail!

17. January 2010 23:40 by Jobo | 6 Comments

well, first thing tomorrow morning, the "cheque" will be in the Mail... heading on a cross country journey out to the west coast!  They will be some seriously well travelled socks by the time they arrive, and hopefully the recipient likes them.

leg #2

Another hour later...

- the leg was coming along nicely... really, this pattern is written quite clearly.  Some other knitters have been a bit confused by the placement of the eyelets and such, but I didn't have any problems (which is a first, usually if there is confusion to be had, I'm smack dab in the middle of it)  I chalk it up to all of the wonderful support of my family and you great readers out there.  My mom and Bff have each called twice today to see if I was finished yet, and the Husband baked a celebratory strawberry rhubarb pie in honor of my perseverance



heel #2

Another Hour later...

- I like straightforward slip-stitch heel flaps.  Easy Peasy.





Then I got lazy about taking photographs.  I knit like there was no tomorrow, and finally:  the finished pair.  (please excuse the sad yellow tinge... it is well past dark and not ideal conditions for photos!)

finished pair

I am a little disappointed that I didn't have time to do a proper blocking, so they are a little bit wrinkly and such, but overall turned out very well in the end.  Plus after looking at the darn things for 2 days straight, I think I may have lost my objectivity ;)

complete package censored

As many other Sock Warriors, I tried this week to find some extras to help soften the final blow for my target... as if Soft Squishy Blue Sockiness wasn't reward enough for a game well played?  I found some sparkly jeweled, dimensional scrapbooking butterfly stickers, and some cute beaded stitch markers that matched with the Blue of the socks.  I wrapped the whole package up in tissue paper and sealed the envelope up good.  I hope she likes them!



Dear Canada Post...

the torch has been passed to you now... Carry my package safely to it's target - and make it SNAPPY!

5. December 2009 10:21
by Jobo

Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas 2009 DAY 5

5. December 2009 10:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Unique Spinning/Knitting Tools:

Every spinner has a set of indispensible tools that live near the wheel.  I knit a small bag from the first yarn I made on a drop spindle which holds some of my tools and hangs on my Traveller with pride -  My tiny bottle of spinning wheel oil, Orifice Hook, WPI gauge, a tiny pair of scissors, extra parts and drive bands.  I also keep a Niddy Noddy and Nostepinne close at hand for skeining and ball-winding.  Currently I use a plain metal orifice hook (which came in my Traveller kit when I bought it) and my WPI gauge is a homemade one (A-la-Cardboard!)

These tools work fine... but are nowhere as beautiful as some that are out there:

For as many simple utilitarian tools that exist there are also decorative tools like the ones seen below... like works of art themselves! 

A knitting needle gauge doesn't have to be simply holes in a piece of plastic  - This ruler/gauge from KaratStix is made from lightweight bamboo and features all the knitting needle info you could want, plus whimsical little decorations. 

Stitch markers made from loops of yarn work just fine...  but compare that to this set of gleaming glass bead markers from coalescensedesign!  These little jewel toned markers would be a joy to use and have just enough flash to brighten up even the dullest project! - Knitting-Bling through and through.

It is difficult to compare my little cardboard cutaway WPI tool to the hand-turned beauties I found over at Kari's Nostys? This little tool has both 1 inch and 1/2 inch cutaways  making it suitable to measure worsted and laceweight alike.  Kari also makes Nostepinnes in the same styles.  You *could* wind a centre-pull ball around your hand? but why would you want to if you had a tool as beautiful as this?  (and she loves custom orders!  just imagine the possibilities)

I simply love the earthy feel of the spinning wheel orifice hook shown below.  Elegant in its simplicity, natural color palate, and gentle curves, this hook would complement the rich wood of any spinning wheel.

knitting needle gaugemarkersWPIorifice hook

From Top Left Clockwise:  1.  Sheep to Socks Knitters Rule Needle Gauge by KaratStix 2. Set of 5 Knitting Markers - Gold Swirl Jewel Tones by coalescencedesign  3.  Green Leaf Beaded Orifice/Threading/Spinning Hook by DawningDreams  4.  Bubblegum Wraps Per Inch Tool by Kari's Nostys  (All photos used with permission)

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