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17. January 2011 12:38
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Silky Malabrigo!

17. January 2011 12:38 by Jobo | 1 Comments

malabrigo silky viena I was lucky enough to receive 2 skeins of Silky Malabrigo in "Vienna" from my Mom and Dad for Christmas!  I love the colors and feel of this yarn... but as I often do with variegated skeins... I am having difficulty deciding what it should be in the end! 

Anyone have any good ideas for this yarn?  with two skeins I have enough for a really decent scarf, or mittens, or ??

I'm thinking more and more that maybe I should weave with it - so I can show off the beautiful fall oranges and browns, but not have the colors muddy up too much and overpower each other.

* Photo snagged from the Malabrigo Website, since I just can't seem to get this one to photograph correctly...

8. November 2010 08:20
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Purplelicious 3-Ply!

8. November 2010 08:20 by Jobo | 1 Comments

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MataHari Batts 1It's a veritable Purple-palooza of Purpleness!  I finished this skein a little while ago, but because it was enroute to it's owner's home, I couldn't show photos... for fear of ruining the surprise!  This yarn began it's life as a Corgi Hill Batt... which was then purchased by a lovely knitter/spinner, who wasn't sure she could spin the yarn she wanted from it... so it got mailed to *Me* and I had the pleasure of whipping it into skein form :)

The journey was a very fun one too :)  This was my first time using a Corgi Hill Product (though I've been checking them out and drooling over their goodies for some time now...) and it definitely won't be my last!  The merino, silk, firestar blend was just too much fun!  The finished product was a little bit more sparkly than I would have liked for myself, but it sounds like the yarn will be just perfect for what the client had in mind. 

Since I had a set of stitch markers that matched so closely (and I rarely use markers, as of yet anyways)  I decided to send them along :)  It's fun to knit with matching accessories...

I can't wait to see what she makes from it!

5. October 2010 10:51
by Jobo
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Finished Della Socks!

5. October 2010 10:51 by Jobo | 2 Comments

What a Fun Knit!  (I even talked my mom into trying a pair of these puppies... hers look great too!)

Della Socks finished 2

I like the contrast between the leg and foot patterns, and for some reason I am really pleased with the garter stitch "Anklets" too!  All in all, this pair has been a pleasure to knit, and has had enough uniqueness and unusual additions to keep the whole thing fresh and interesting - from Zigzagging Cuff to Kitchenered Toes.

Della Socks finished 6 The Yarn is what really steals the show though... This Yarn was the special skein I won over on Violently Domestic from the lovely Hunter Hammersen! 

In case you didn't read the previous post... Hunter is one of my Sock Rock-Star Idols... go check out her patterns!  They are fantastic!  and plus she has a new book coming out in December.  I preordered mine last week!

Back to the Yarn... it is Sirius 100% Merino Sock Yarn in "Sky Pirate" from Barking Dog Yarns 

The Blues, Teals and Purples were a challenge to capture accurately on camera, but I think the top photo shows it most clearly (notice my helper?  he made sure someone had sniffed and walked allllll over the socks the prerequisite number of times before the photos were taken)

The yarn itself has a nice feel in the skein, and an equally pleasing feel in the finished socks.  It is plied tightly enough to make a smooth tight fabric, but still retains it's bounce and stretch too. 

The dye job created just enough pooling interest for my liking.  I have cast on for this pattern several times before with different yarns, but I wasn't sure how I'd like the pooling and flashing around the chevron portion of the leg.... so I had decided to err on the side of caution and try something else for those yarns.  I'm really glad I just jumped in with both feet (hardy-har... Feet!)on choosing this yarn and pattern to go together, because I really like the end result.

I have another pink skein of yarn from this company... a Cashmere blend too!  I can't wait to find the perfect pattern for it and get started on that someday.

Della Socks finished 4

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