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28. February 2011 12:27
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Yarn Candy Monday: Plum Special... Bobbins and Skeins

28. February 2011 12:27 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Plum Special BobbinI've been doing a little more spinning lately... which I find to be a little easier on the head than more complex knitting tasks.

Yes, there are precision movements, and paying attention to many factors (twist, single size, drafting, color placement, etc) but there is no counting.  I don't need to worry about how many stitches, or things lining up, or manipulating needles or yarn.  With spinning I find the process is just intuitive and mostly done by "feel" instead of by conscious thought.  It's refreshing for a change.

This particular yarn is a custom spin job for MC, a kind lady who contacted me about spinning up some fingering weight yarn for her to knit a shawl.  We talked color, then I dyed the fluff, and we've been collaborating on what the finished yarn should be like.

Plum Special skein 1 Plum Special Skein 1 natural light Plum Special Skein 1 a

Plum Special round

Now off to complete the rest of the yardage... I have about 280 yards in this skein, but I need to have 800 or so!

21. February 2011 05:55
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Yarn Candy Monday: Plum Special Handpainted Merino Top

21. February 2011 05:55 by Jobo | 1 Comments

I've been back playing in the dye-pot... I enjoy the process, but I find lately it has been difficult to get back into the swing of things!

This Braid is for a custom dye/spin project I've taken on - eventually to become a 2-ply laceweight yarn for a shawl.

The fiber is 100% Superfine Merino Top.  It's soft, bouncy, reliable, and my middle ground for most projects.  I dyed 8 oz with some Jacquard Dyes in tones of Eggplant, Plum, Rose, Burgandy, and even a few Beiges.

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7. February 2011 12:05
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Yarn Candy Monday: not yarny so much...

7. February 2011 12:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

haapsalu_shawlIn the last little bit... there hasn't been a lot of new yarn coming into the house... a few things here and there, but no real beauty skeins just waiting to be showcased.  So today, instead, I thought I would show you a new book that arrived in the mail last week! The Haapsalu Shawl:  A knitted Lace Tradition from Estonia

Quite honestly, this book is crazy!  Crazy good of course, but still quite intimidating.  I have been in love with Estonian lace from the moment I first saw it... and when I hear this book had been translated into English, I really couldn't help myself.

This isn't so much a pattern book, as an anthology of the traditional lace motifs and borders used in the very beautiful Haapsalu Shawls and Scarves of Estonia.  There are more than 100 beautiful lace designs charted out... from lilies of the valley with their lovely nupps, to Greta Garbo patterns, leaves, vines, butterflies, and so many more.  I have read each article, and flipped through the lace sections a dozen times already.  The beauty of the fine lace just takes my breath away.

Also, in the beginning of this Estonian Lace "Bible", there is a section describing the traditional shawl and scarf makeup.  It shows dimensions, proper arrangement, sample stitch counts, seaming diagrams, blocking instructions, yarn suggestions... all the things a knitter needs to make a *real* authentic Haapsalu Shawl.  Perfect for a wannabe like me... so I can someday try this.

I have chosen a few lace styles that I really love... and am making lots of mental notes about the shawl I want to make someday.  I've started looking for commercially available yarn, but will likely end up spinning my own, perhaps from Merino, or Cashmere Blend or something.  A girl can dream... can't she?

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