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8. February 2009 11:32
by Jobo
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Custom Mittens - Made to Order!

8. February 2009 11:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Want a pair of homemade Mittens?  Something warm, fuzzy, unique, created with yarn and a design that you chose for yourself?  Made specifically to fit you?

 Don't know how to knit?

No Problem!  

 

 

The time when every young woman knew how to knit is probably over.  I am really glad that as times change, more and more people are becoming interested in knitting for it's creativity bolstering and stress relieving properties, but many of my friends and family are just unable to knit for themselves.  I on the other hand, adore the craft, to the point of mild obession.  (hey, yarn and fiber are my vices, I could have chosen worse ones!)  So Lately I have been taking on more commissionned projects - knitting specific items for specific people.

 

This past week, I have knit a custom pair of mittens for a special customer who, not for lack of trying, has been unable to find a pair of mittens acceptable to match her coat.  So I suggested that she go to the Local Yarn Store, choose a yarn that she likes, and let me craft her a pair instead of wandering the mall again.  So she submitted me some measurements of her hands, and I swatched, and pondered, and got to work. 

 

She had originally liked a pair of mittens that I was wearing, Handmade Thrum Mittens, with billows of soft and airy Baby Alpaca Fiber inside.  For her mittens, we chose a soft and durable sage green yarn, and some combed Polwarth wool top for the thrums. 

 

Being an experienced knitter, I have probably made about 30 pairs of mittens over the last 6 or 7 years, so making an average pair of adult mittens at this point takes less than 10 hours.  Probably more like 5 hours if I make my standard pair.  These were very straight forward, so I estimate about 6 hours from cast-on to ends woven in - not a very long time committment.

 

The result:  perfectly fitting, perfectly matching, Custom Mittens!  Ready for a typical Cold Snowy Canadian Winter!

 

 

Interested in a pair?  Depending on materials, and design requirements, a custom pair of mittens could be designed and crafted over a period as little as 1 - 2 weeks.  For Prices (unique with contract) or more details, please contact me. 

 

Toying with the idea of making your own Thrum Mittens?  See my new Make-your-own-Thrums Tutorial

 

Happy Knitting All !  (It's going to be a long winter, make more mittens)

11. November 2008 14:15
by Jobo
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Dude! did you know you can knit on a mother friggin plane?

11. November 2008 14:15 by Jobo | 11 Comments

Shocking in this day and age, of worrying whether you have fingernail clippers, gel lipgloss, or more than 100 ml of hair gel in your carryon luggage ... Yes, Ladies and Germs, you CAN bring your knitting on a plane!

I know, I know, I was just as surprised as you!  I figured trying to smuggle a set of DPNs through security would land me in a load of trouble!  "Ma'am could you please take off your socks and spread your toes?" kind of trouble.  Not even a peep.  Last week, we ended up flying quite last minute to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Mark-inator to attend some training sessions for work, which meant that of course, that Jobo would tag along, lol, for moral support at least!  (Did you think I would let him leave me at home and miss that?  um no.  definetly not.) 

Booking in a hurry, and knowing that we would be travelling such a distance, I was afraid that I would be quite freaked out.  Flying usually does that to me... the stress of getting ready, navigating security, being cramped on an airplane, ears popping, airline bathrooms, etc... usually I get pretty anxious, and end up not feeling very well when I fly.  The fact that I could bring along my knitting was a really big comfort to me.   Knowing that I would be able to have a mindless craft to focus on, and take away the attention from a stressful journey.  And due to the fantabulous United States Air Travel Industry, and a delayed flight crisis... we ended up requiring 5 different planes, visited 5 different airports and took a very scattered hop-skip-and-jump over North America to get home eventually 6 hours later than originally planned.  Consensus, no problems knitting on a plane at any of those locations:  Halifax, Nova Scotia;  Chicago's O'Hare Airport, McCarron International Airport, Las Vegas;  Denver, Colorado;  Toronto's Pearson Airport.

But seriously folks, being allowed to knit on a plane really made my trip to Las Vegas much more enjoyable... In fact, I knit an entire pair of mittens on the way there, and 3/4 of a pair of socks on the way back.  And virtually flight anxiety free too!  Before leaving, I confirmed with my travel agent and with the Airport authority governing our flight path just to be sure.  Instead of trying to read, or do crossward puzzles, I just knit along... not even really noticing the usually annoying things about flying.  If you knit, and have to fly a long distance, I highly recommend checking into bringing along a simple project.  It really made my trip.

As a welcome home gift, I thought I'd share my pattern with you for Generic Men's Socks.... the ones I made on my way home.  These are a basic, straightforward, toe-up, short rows design, from worsted weight wool - so they knit up in a hurry, and don't take much extra thought.  Great project for a person on the go...  You could add some flare, stripes, cables if you want, this is just the basic thing.  Dude, maybe you could knit 'em on your next domestic flight.  really beats watching stupid in-flight movies!

    

I'll try and post some trip pics, and some sock pics when I get my camera back in working order.

  

 

**Nov 2014 Dude Socks Pattern Removed... under review.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

28. September 2008 21:50
by Jobo
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Oooh Baby Baby!

28. September 2008 21:50 by Jobo | 1 Comments

In light of the number of friends having rugrats this year... I guess we have finally reached that age haven't we... I  have been making quite a few baby blankets in the last little while. 

I've gone back and forth between knit and crochet, but the common thread is always the fact that a baby blanket always equals a straightforward, easily finishable, cheap to make, pleasing project.  Here are a few examples for your warm and snuggly, baby powder scented, yarn-filled enjoyment:

Baby Supernova

made with Bernat Baby yarn, this variegated stuff has long been a favorite of mine for baby projects.  It's acrylic, so it washes and dries nicely (no matter how many times it gets puked on!) and is basically indestructable.  I find that one "big" ball, readily available at most department stores (i.e Wallyworld and the Big Z) for about 7 bucks plus tax, makes a decent size blanket.  Who can argue with that?  I found this Star pattern on Ravelry.  basically its a big granny square with 5 cormers instead of 4.  If you do granny squares, you can definetly do this, and there are several variants on there for free.  I think it looks kind of pointy though, with not much real substance, so I think I will try insetting diamonds around the outside to fill in a little bit.  I guess I'll end up with a pentagon, but that should be okay.  Might make a good play mat as the little gaffer gets older?

 




Purple Baby Ripples -

No actual imagination to speak of here.  I just followed the directions on the package of yarn, and this is basically cast on 150 some stitches and do straight stockinette for umph-teen rows (with about 10 stitches of garter on either end to cut down on rolling) and when you run out of yarn, you're done.  This is a self striping yarn, so YAY no ends to tie in!  And for 3.50 a ball plus tax, and only 2 balls needed... a steal of a deal.  This one is going out west for a new little cow-girl in Edmonton... when I can get to a post office and find myself an envelope  big enough to wrangle this puppy into...



Generic Baby Ripples -

This was another “got the yarn on sale” project. Friends of ours were expecting their second child, and I wanted to make something special for them, since I had made a quilt for kid #1!

This blanket was made from a pattern my mom wrote out for me on a piece of paper years ago, when I was looking for something easy to work on. I know I’ve seen other people do it before, but I’ve never seen it written down anywhere.  My mom has made probably 25 of these... and she freely gives them away to anyone who is expecting.  I can't imagine how warm and cozy my kids are gonna be when the time comes... Gramma will be knitting up a small hurricane no doubt!

I’ll try and write it out in case anyone else is interested. Its a 3 row repeat, and is easily memorizable. It doesn’t really have a front and back, just repeating ripples of 3 rows each... see pattern after pics



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 Loosely, cast on 172 stitches

Row 1: K1 K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * K2tog K2tog K6 yo K1 yo K6 * repeat until 3 stitches remain, K2tog K1 turn

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 3 rows as desired, then cast off loosely, and weave in edges

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Happy Blankey Knitting All !

 

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