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7. August 2015 18:14
by Jobo
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Still Here! Knitting along... and Spinning too!

7. August 2015 18:14 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been snapping pictures... and working along on my stuff... but somehow I've not really managed to post anything!!  (bad blogger)

My Inglenook Purple Heartwood Batt is now mostly yarn, which has started to become a shawl!

Here is the plying... Yes, on a spindle.  I know a lot of people prefer to do the plying via wheel because it's a bit faster... but I like doing my plying by spindle.  I find it a little too easy to overply my laceweight and cobweb yarns.  It's like my feet pumping just get the better of me, and I go too far.  When I ply on a spindle I have a chance to feel the balance of each armslength, and this seems to do a better job for me.  I don't really find it takes a lot longer than my wheel either... my Traveller has crappy speed ratios.  I think if I planned to do much fine spinning with it again I'd have to by a lace flyer kit.  In my dreams I'd have a high-speed high-ratio wheel. 

So the first two ounce portion worked out to be 525 yards... with another 2 ounces to be completed.  The weight is somewhere between lace and cobweb, so light lacey-ish. 

I decided that since I'm going to have around 1000 yards of completed thread... I want to make something really cozy, lacy, and big.  A nice big triangular shawl to wrap myself in sounded like just the thing!  I've been eyeing Dee O'Keefe's Patterns for a while now.  They're lovely, just the right amount of complex, and have that great balance of body, borders, and edgings that makes my heart beat a little faster.

Pattern:  Dee O'Keefe - Nadira

I've just completed the first few section... following the custom design-your-own section at the back of the pattern so as to increase the size and use up all of this lovely yarn.  I'll put more details in when I post about the shawl later on.  Here is a sneak peek though!

29. June 2015 18:14
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair #7

29. June 2015 18:14 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Last week I managed to finish another great looking pair of socks - I'm calling them the "Purple Pinstripe Knock-Offs"... since they're similar to the "Pinstripe" free pattern on Ravelry.  I haven't actually looked at the pattern, but saw many many of them go by in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook in the last few months.  I had planned on just doing these ones plain, but then when it came time to switch from Ribbing to the leg I thought - what the Heck!  Be adventurous, and decided to throw in a column of slipped stitches for fun.  I'm not sure if it's the way the Pinstripe Pattern did it, but I do like the way it looks!

 

The Pattern:

- Composed on the fly... Twisted Rib 1x1 Cuff, Slipped-stitch column every 8 stitches around, Simple Slipped-stitch Gusset Heel.

 

The Yarn:

- Knit Picks Hawthorne (oops! I threw out the ball band!)

 

22. June 2015 13:13
by Jobo
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Sock Knitting Challenge - Pair Number 6

22. June 2015 13:13 by Jobo | 5 Comments

April was another busy month, but I still managed to finish another pair of completely plain socks.  I've been following along with Heatherly Walker's year of socks with the group, but unfortunately my brain power has been limited due to lack of sleep.  PLAIN SOCKS IT IS.

 

The Pattern:

This time, I decided to work a pair in my own plain sock pattern.  I've knit enough pairs of socks now that I don't really have to think.  My favorite structure is top-down, twisted rib cuff, slipped stitch gusset heel, plain toes.  I'm a simple gal.  These fit well, are easy on the head, and make for excellent mindless knitting.

The Yarn:

Knit Picks Stroll - Handpainted in "Pony Ride" a nice grey, caramel, brown multicolored skein.  (it makes me think of Calico Kitties)

  

 

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