Jobo Designs

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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!

4. November 2014 10:32
by Jobo
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Freeform Lace... with Handspun of Course!

4. November 2014 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

 

I recently acquired a few new spindles... some Phil Powell Russians!  They are a delightful spin - very well crafted, and a very nice long twirl.  He makes a bunch of different types of spindles... which you see a selection of here:  Metal tipped, Swarovsky Crystal tipped, and Gemstone tipped (shown here in Rose Quartz).  His Etsy shop is often sold out, but he's willing to take custom orders, so if you like this sort of thing, please do email him!  That's how I ended up with the two gem Russians :)  Ask and Ye shall be Enabled!

So I suppose you're wondering what they're sitting on?  Well you can't have new spindles and not test them out... no Sir.  That's just wrong.

The Fiber

I was gifted a small batt in a swap some time ago that I thought would be an excellent test floof.  I can't find any "before" photos of it though.  Woops!  (sleep deprivation MUCH?) But I do know it's details!  It's a 20 gram sample Batt "Wine and Roses" from a Nunoco Smorgasbox (photo stolen from Etsy!).  While not very large... it was just right for goofing around with.  I loved using these spindles, and I can't wait to do some more with them!  The batt was basically a gradient from light pink through to burgundy.

 

The Yarn

- I decided to spin the batt fine, moving from one color to the next in a long gradual gradient, and then chain ply it to finish up. 

- I ended up with something between lace weight and fingering... mostly closer to laceweight. 

- Final guesses on Yardage:  125 yards

Design

- so what does one actually DO with 125 yards of very light fingering weight yarn?

- I decided to just cast on and play with some lace, with no real pattern or plan. 

- I knit a strip of Shetland inspired border, then flipped it 90 degrees and picked up stitches along the side.  I worked in a waffle type eyelet stitch for a while, and flipped it again.  I worked some freeform picots around the edge, and ended up with a long lace rectangle. 

- My plan is to stitch the ends together and make a loop neck warmer. 

- It might be ugly... I'm not sure what it will look like exactly until I do it and try it on. It's made of buttery soft merino wool, and it's handspun lace.  So I'll probably wear it regardless of whether it's ugly or not!

Shetland inspired points...

Closeup of waffle, insertion, and picots...

Long view... showing Gradient.

Finished Neckwarmer... to be continued!  (If and when my children ever sleep... which may be NEVER! lol)

23. October 2014 07:45
by Jobo
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TBT: Inspiring Oneself...

23. October 2014 07:45 by Jobo | 1 Comments

While trying to get myself excited about starting to blog again, and creating a new Facebook page, to try and reach a different audience... I started looking at some old project photos to try and get my mojo running.

Let's just say, I didn't get a large volume of projects completed in the last few years, but I love love love many of the things I did manage to make :)  Just seeing them makes me daydream about the fun I had through the process, and makes me wonder what else I can come up with.

I've been sketching in my design book again, and going downstairs to the studio and just staring at the piles of yarn.  It's a little depressing that I don't really have much time or energy to throw into this kind of stuff lately, but I know I can get back there eventually... someday.  The days when I sleep more than a few hours, I'm actually feeling almost human.  This morning, on the other hand - is a two-coffee-minimum type of morning!

Without further ado:  Here are some of the photos that caught my eye! (Click the Photos for links to some original articles)

Magic Mirror Mittens

 

Vernal Equinox in Handspun Merino Silk

 

Lilac Leaves Estonian Stole

 

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