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6. January 2010 17:17
by Jobo

Afternoon Delight Socks? Done and Delicious

6. January 2010 17:17 by Jobo | 2 Comments

This pair took me a little longer than most, not because it was a difficult knit, but because i wasn't able to memorize the chart!  Nonetheless, I really enjoyed working on these rosy pink socks!

afternoondelightsocks I found overall that I liked the feel of the Yarn (Heidi's By Hand - purchased at London-Wul) but it was a little bit thinner than some of the other sock yarns I've used lately.  In the end I decided to knit the "large" size listed in the pattern.  Usually my feet are about a medium, size 7-8 or so depending on the style of shoe.  The wool is a little bit stiff, so I am interested to see how much it will soften up after a warm bath.  I'll keep you posted on that.  In the end, I think the gentle shifting of color was just right for this pattern? not enough to distract from the detail of the lace, but enough to keep this knitter amused and intrigued

The lace pattern itself was quite entertaining? and kept me on my toes.  Though I was not able to take them with me on the road, they did keep me amused and happily glued to "Joy of Sox" for the duration.  Most lace patterns have repeats of motifs and whatnot at regular intervals? this motif didn't really.  There were some sections of the pattern repeat where every second row was simply knit plain, and other sections where there was patterning and the shifting stitches with each row.  In some ways the uniqueness was a pain in the derriere (padded though it was from Holiday Overeating) but mostly it was refreshing compared to 6 row repeating lace.

Since these are toe-up, they also have a unique heel construction.  This one is somewhere between a toe up gusset and a short rows, combining some of the elements of both styles.  I won't lie.  I ended up making a boo boo and ripping back the heel on the first sock, and then repeated my error on the second and having to do the heel on that one twice also.  I think if I hadn't been trying to finish them up in a hurry late at night things would have been okay.  Note:  If you follow the pattern, it IS correct? it's my interpretation that was flawed ;)  The following day, with adequate chocolate intake, I was able to see my problem and fix it quite efficiently.



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4. January 2010 11:00
by Jobo

Finished "198 yds of Heaven" Handspun Shawl

4. January 2010 11:00 by Jobo | 22 Comments

It sure didn't take long once I had started to finish up this quick knit shawl... I like to refer to it as my "Survival Knitting"

Knitting gifts is fun in it's own way.  I really enjoy choosing special patterns, and then hunting for the perfect yarns and trying to create gifts that the recipients will adore and find very useful... but the knitting itself can be a lot of work.  I am a pretty fickle knitter, and generally flit from one project to the next, finishing and starting things with gusto, but not in any particular order.  So for me, finishing projects on a schedule can be a bit of a chore.  This year in particular, I let my holiday gift knitting get a little behind calendar-wise, so I had to really push myself coming on the end.

This shawl, on the otherhand, was a purely selfish and fun knit.  I wasn't sure what I would do with it when it was completed... I wasn't even sure if I had enough yarn to finish the shawl in the first place!  Working on it was frivolous and fun, which is exactly what a knitter needs after a few months of forced creativity :)  I had a hard time this year getting into the holiday spirit and was really dreading the shopping, wrapping and decorating.  The stolen moments working on this shawl were really a godsend, and helped me keep my cool when I was feeling overwhelmed by the tasks at hand.  And then, when all of the chores were finished and the fun part of the holiday finally began, working on the shawl helped me to pass the time waiting to go out visiting and passing out gifts, and then it came with me for numerous turkey dinners and snuggled with me on the couch well into the evening on Christmas Day.  I'm rather in love with it, I must say!

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Here she is, laying on the beautiful muslin quilt my Mom made us as a wedding gift!  I was afraid that the shawl wouldn't be big enough in the end, especially since the finished wingspan was only about 36 inches... but we all know that blocking is magic sometimes, so I was holding out for some major stretching.  I figured that if it didn't grow enough, worst case scenario I could give it away to someone who had a small child (wouldn't any little girl like blue and green butterfly wings to play with and wrap around her?  heck... I'm a BIG girl and I still want it to be big enough so I can play with it!)

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I think I am getting more efficient at blocking with the wires now... it didn't take near as long as it usually does for me to soak, lay out the finished piece, thread in the wires, and pin them out on the spare bed.  I think my favorite part is always the bottom point of any scalloped shawl... pretty little point :)

198 yards blocking

As you can see in the picture (as the shawl is pinned out on a queen sized bed...)  the growing process was satisfactory and the finished wingspan is more like 48 inches... which wraps nicely around my shoulders.  The silk blend is very smooth, perfect for an item that might be worn draped around shoulders or around my neck.  I am very pleased with the blended greens and blues and the way they flow into each other.  The shawl was finally dry on Christmas Morning, and I wove in the ends just in time to wear it out on Christmas day for the festivities.  Lately it seems I get a chill quite easily, so I wore it all day either over the shoulders or tousled around my neck.  I'm not sure how fashionable this stuff is considered now, but it is certainly comfortable and utilitarian.

December 09 035 on the wing

So here are some final finished shots:  Sorry it took so long to post the finishing ;)



31. December 2009 18:09
by Jobo


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 


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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