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21. November 2011 09:12
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Fiddlehead Mittens? in Chroma

21. November 2011 09:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I made a pair of hand-dyed, hand-spun and hand-knit Fiddlehead mittens last year . It was an epic project, and every step was done by hand.  I love the results (which you can see here)  but when someone asked if I could make another pair, I didn’t really feel up to the challenge of doing it all the hard way again.  Don’t get me wrong - the first pair was a complete joy, it’s just that if I go through all of those steps to make another pair of mittens, I’ll likely want to be creating something more unique in the end.  I don’t tend to make the same thing more than once.

So, then the hunt began for some suitable yarn.  I could do as the pattern says, and just buy the 6 different colors and this would have been fine also, but I would have enough yarn to make like 4 more pairs (if the second pair is an unwelcome thought, believe me, the 3rd and 4th pairs would simply not get done) and there really isn’t any point in that. 

Then it occurred to me that I could get a color changing / color gradient yarn and use it for the contrast strand instead of all of the different solids!  I knew I wouldn’t really want to use something like Noro (both for the price, and the unpredictability of color sequencing) but there are a lot of different options out there now.  I can’t remember the name of the one I saw at Michael's but I believe it was mostly acrylic, so I didn’t bother looking any harder at it for this project.  I bet it would work lovely too (I think it was Impeccable, something like that).  The next yarn I saw that fit the bill was the new Knit Picks Chroma Worsted.  From the catalog, it looked like there were repeating colors in the ball, and there was also a white or chocolate brown option for the solid to match.  I figured this was a perfect chance to try it out, so I ordered a ball of the cream/natural and a contrasting ball with a variety of greens/blues/purples called “pool party”

Chroma Fiddleheads

So far things seem to be working out quite well.  I like the texture and softness of the yarn (though I don’t think it’s really all that rough and tumble it’s a barely together single really) and the way the gradient is running through the design.  The colors are different enough for the nice swirl pattern to still stand out.  I’ll be interested to see how the lighter green holds up in contrast to the white in the end. 

I’ve made it up past the thumb on the first mitten, and plan on finishing the pair for sure.  I am really enjoying doing colorwork on a pair of long circulars too no gaps in between DPNS, and no fussing with the beginning and ends of rows.  I still very much like working with DPNS, but circulars certainly have their advantages too! 

As the mitten progresses, I’ll post again!  I think these are going to look great in the end!

13. June 2011 09:21
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Yarn Candy Monday... Belfast Superwash Sock

13. June 2011 09:21 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Belfast Superwash Sock I went up for a drive to Belfast Mini Mills over the weekend... to check out the latest yarns and fibers, but also to get out of the house.  (Might I add, the Mill has a tea room, and some of the best cinnamon buns I've eaten!)

So, knitterjo and I headed out, and wandered up to the mill, chatted with the lovely ladies at the shop, admired some great handcrafts, petted lots of skeins of yarn, "talked" with some of the animals (an especially vocal goat met us at the car) and enjoyed the sunny Saturday.

Among my treasures, I brought home a few skeins of their new Specialty Sock Blend... a nice soft, squishy, bouncy wool and nylon blend.  I really like the feel of this yarn, but it seems too soft and luxurious to be made into socks.  I know it has nylon in it, but it still doesn't feel like it would be hard-wearing enough for the people I make socks for (ahem, husband's father and my dad) though your mileage may vary.  I'd love to hear how this stuff holds up in real day-to-day shoe wear.

I loved this color.  It's purple-liscious.  It's glowing, heathery, periwinkly purply blue.  When we were kids, I remember this being my sister's color.  She has beautiful red hair, and thusly looks excellent in all shades of plum and purple.  I have always loved this color myself too! 

I hope to make something very un-socky with these skeins... maybe an EZ February Baby Sweater or something... time will tell ;)  I'd hate to burden a new mom with a hand-wash wool item... but hey - this IS in fact Superwash, that makes it better... right?

12. May 2011 08:29
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Purple Moth BFL/Silk Blend... taking flight!

12. May 2011 08:29 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying out a new fiber blend, and a new-to-me spindle!

purple moth spindle

I started yesterday on the shiny rich braid of BFL/Silk that was eating a hole in my stash... I guess I just felt like the day needed something like a new project.  After waiting for several months (stupid PEI Weather, and the Stupid Frostline) we were finally able to have Grampy's Burial Service yesterday.  I knew I would be sitting around most of the day with family... and I knew how much having a good spinnable-companion might help my stress level and concentration.Purple Butterfly BFL Silk Braid

In case you forget what the Braid looked like:  Here she is!  Purple Moth, a shiny blend of jewelled tones of pink, purple and gold from AllForLoveOfYarn over on etsy.

The spindle is a Zebisis Stone Whorl that I picked up on a destash a while ago... I think the stone is Spiderweb Agate, which is a little ironic since I am quite ridiculously afraid of spiders.  sigh.  It weighs around 1 ounce, just right for a fine silky fiber.  I had to adjust the hook a little, but overall, I am enjoying this spindle quite a lot!

I'm debating leaving this as a single, or perhaps plying... yet to be decided, I guess... any opinions or comments?

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