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29. November 2010 09:37
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Lettuce...

29. November 2010 09:37 by Jobo | 3 Comments

I call this yarn... "You don't win friends with salad."  If you know where this is from - you get 2 points!

paige skein

I had originally intended this to be a worsted weight single...   but you know how things never go exactly as planned!  I neglected to take photos of the roving, but it was basically green with splotches of brown, teal blue and yellow.  I thought that since I was planning on doing a single, I would gently card it into some fluffy rolags to blend the colors up a bit.  Apparently my fat single skills are lacking, because when I held it up to a strand of Malabrigo (which was my sample to match) I felt my single was too uneven. 

Now quite honestly, I am hard on myself when it comes to this stuff.  I bet that if I had just knit it up, the finished product would have been fine.  Knitting seems to cover up a multitude of sins, and even out yarns that aren't exactly consistant.  But I got the idea that I could ply the fat single back on itself and get a bulky weight yarn.  I had to weigh my options... skinny-cable mittens with light worsted weight yarn, or big-fat-chunky cable mittens.  I plied about a 3 foot section back on itself and hummed and hawed.

I guess you know which look won out ;)

paiges skein bobbin

This skein overfilled my Ashford Jumbo bobbins.  In fact, I had to do a chunk of it on a regular bobbin, because I had maxxed out the air space around the big bobbin and the darn thing wouldn't turn anymore. The roving was somewhere between 5.5 and 6 ounces, and the yarn is somewhere around 5 - 6 Wraps per Inch.  It looks large like caterpillars, as big as candycanes, the same diameter as a basic ballpoint pen... but it is very lofty and squishable.  I am knitting it on size 5 mm needles, and so far it is looking good.  The smaller needles for the yarn are making a very nice dense, thick fabric - which should be great for warm winter mittens.

paiges skein 2

I wasn't sure if I would like the color of this when it was completed... I worried that the browns would dull the yarn down too much.  My original intent in dyeing this was to make it christmas green, kelly green, really really green.  When it didn't turn out as such, I thought maybe I'd spin it and re-dye it after that, but I kind of like it the way it is?  Reminds me of salad.... *wink wink*

22. November 2010 12:30
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Studio Stash Flash!

22. November 2010 12:30 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Some weeks it is harder than others to choose a new yarn for Yarn Candy Monday... this week was a challenging one for me.  Since I recently finished unpacking the studio - here are a few Studio Photos :)  It's really nice to finally have all of my stuff out of the boxes and be able to just walk in and use whatever item I want! 

The "Studio" is actually just a bedroom... with a nice big window and some dedicated space.  What's great about that though, is that I can go to "my room" and play and make messes, and then just shut the door and go back to the rest of the house and nothing is in the way.  It is very freeing to just have a creative space where I can go and play with fiber/fabric/paint/etc.

studio window 

I have lots of shelves and little organizers... places to store little notions, canisters for needles, boxes and totes to display the goodies in, and all sorts of relative junk and treasures.  I have room to spin, a sewing station, paints and brushes, oodles of books for inspiration, and bright colors all around.

studio table 

In this room... my sewing machine stays set up all the time.  If inspiration strikes, I can sit, cut, sew, and create without having to set anything up first.  I hemmed a few pairs of pants yesterday, and while the measuring and pinning was an annoyingly long process, the sewing part was a breeze.  All I had to do was plug her in, choose the bobbin, thread her up and sew the hems.  I was able to do 3 different pairs with 3 different colors of thread in about 15 minutes.  (I won't tell you how long it took to get the pants washed, measured and pinned... it's disgraceful really)

studio shelves closeup

I keep the pretty yarns out on a shelf where I can see them everyday :)  Notice I didn't show the closet?  It's full.  of.  yarn.  I have too much yarn and raw fiber to display all of it, but I have it carefully wrapped and boxed in the closet... just waiting for the right project!

studio shelves

I also keep little baskets of Works-in-Progress and Projects I need to finish or start... I find I need a visual motivator to get moving sometimes! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little creative space :)

16. November 2010 05:03
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Moody Blues: Hand dyed Roving becomes Yarn!

16. November 2010 05:03 by Jobo | 0 Comments

christys yarn

christys yarn 3Why is it that Blue is such a difficult color to photograph?   I love the way this yarn has turned out... a rich, broody, muddy blue mix.  The teal strands show up beautifully against the greys and blacks and navys in the mix.  This yarn is definetly a worsted-chunky weight, and at 3-ply, the color is broken up enough to give the whole thing an overall blue appearance.  My goal was to make something that would match well with blue jeans - and I think I've achieved it :)

Of course, because this skein was spun while chatting with the ladies in our spinning circle at the Maritime Handspinners' Retreat there are a few thick or thin spots, but I don't think this will be a problem for the finished garment.  I always strive to have even yarns, but in the end, the knitting process seems to gloss over any subtle differences. 

The next step... will be to set to work designing the mittens!  (I've already done a bit of swatching, as you might have noticed a mittenish shaped swatch with the Angora Merino Bamboo batts on yesterday's Yarn Candy Monday Post)

 

christys yarn2I also have plans to pair this yarn up with some classy Mother of Pearl Buttons (likely square-ish or rectangular in shape) and a moss or cable stitched button plackett across the back of the hand for good measure.  I think the green-y blue-y lavender-ry shimmer of mother of pearl will be just what this yarn needs to pick up those tones in the finished mitten.

My other plan is to knit the outer shell of the mitten to be nice and roomy, and then line them with a soft, luxurious Angora Blend of some sort for extra warmth and comfort.  The batts I carded on the weekend (you can see here) were originally intended for this purpose, but I might be getting attached to them... likely since they are the first real sample of my fur-baby's fluff.  Time will tell if I can let them go to a commissioned project.  They are for a special lady, so maybe I will be able to share ;)

I hope the eventual recipient likes them... I have a feeling I will have a difficult time letting them go once they are done...

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