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  • knitting1105 2:23 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Spinning to Go 

    I was prepared to talk about socks that I have been struggling with, when these packages came in today’s mail:

    The small package was the last shipment from Kimber Baldwin’s As the Whorl Turns fiber club.  I love the multicolored roving.

    And the BIG box was the Ashford Joy traveling spinning wheel that I purchased.  Used, it is claimed to be only 1-year-old.  It seems in very good shape.  Came with the traveling bag also, apparently this is compact enough to fit in the overhead compartment on airplanes, although I would be nervous about people trying to cram their full-size suitcases in alongside it.

    and it is spinning like a dream.  Now I can go almost anywhere with my spinning.

     
    • Mimi 12:31 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! I could totally see how you would come dangerously close to snapping a hammy with this 🙂 It would be very hard to curb one’s enthusiasm. Make sure to do lots of stretching 🙂

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  • knitting1105 7:40 am on April 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Yo 

    I am making the first of 2 pairs of socks from the April CookieA sock club.  Using my own stash yarn for these, it is a Lorna’s Laces sock yarn.

    Knitting it up, the colors remind me of the southwest.  The lace pattern is very easy to remember, 4 repeats in a row, then 3 rows of stockinette stitch.  I started with the large size, and it seemed too big (I wasn’t reading the pattern first, where you decrease after the top ribbing), so I went down to the medium.   With the stretch of the lace, this fits just fine.  Not sure if these are for me or to give away.  I still am surprised sometimes by how yarn knits up.  I usually prefer not to have striping, but pooling instead.  This has a combination of the two.

     
  • knitting1105 6:26 pm on April 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Spinning Art 

    Spinning Art Yarns that is.  I just returned from a weekend spinning retreat with Jacey Boggs.  She is known for spinning art yarns, and that is what this retreat was about.  Manning had asked me why I would want to take this class, since the yarns are really nothing that I use in my own knitting.  My response to her was that I am trying to master spinning, and this would improve my skill set.  It did.  Jacey is a very good technical teacher.  At first I was a bit intimidated by the other attendees knowledge, spinning vocabulary, and past works.  But, I persevered.  I am a fabulous knitter (self-proclaimed of course), and thought that I should be able to get this skill honed also.  I was right, and impressed my self with what I was able to accomplish with a few short hours of instruction.  While at times it was frustrating for me, I have a successful section of every type of yarn we practiced spinning.

    Here are some photos fresh from the retreat.  It was a very lively group, with some memorable personalities.

    The group, and many of my new friends on Ravelry:

    And Jacey teaching.  She is very patient, and explains how to accomplish each technique very well:

    And from this roving:

    I made this and this:

    My yarns have all had a hot bath, and are hanging to dry.  I will post and explain more about the techniques tomorrow.

    Still on the bobbin:

     
  • knitting1105 8:21 am on April 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Sock yarn, Chapter 2 

    The second installment of my sock club yarn arrived in Friday’s mail.  Not afraid of spoilers, I had already peaked at what it would look like.

    This is for the Illuminations (colorwork) club.  Not a combination that I would have picked out, but I am willing to give it a go.  The sock yarn is by jwrayco, colors:  Lerwick Harbor and Aberdeen (a custom overdyed color).

    And for the CookieA club, a new type of yarn by Lorna’s Laces.  It is 55% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon, and 30% Outlast.  Outlast is apparently “a new fiber technology that works with the body’s microclimate to moderate temperature“.  How does it do that?!  Apparently something called phase change technology.  I will have to get my son to read this and explain it to me.  The color is called Boysenberry Jam, made up just for this club, and we are the first to try the yarn.  The colorway is right up my alley.

    And, I saw someone post their’s online posed with a jar of Boysenberry jam.  I did one better, posed with homemade Berwyn Jelly, which does become my PB&J.  PB&J is also the name of the pattern that I am choosing to knit with this yarn.

     
    • Andrew 11:41 am on April 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Just had some Berwyn Jelly this morning!

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  • knitting1105 8:02 am on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Off to Work 

    Socks finished last night, and off for their first day of work:

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Haleakala
    Pattern Source: CookieA sock club, February 2011 pattern
    Yarn: String Theory Caper Sock Yarn
    Needles: US 1 dpn’s
    Date Started: 4/2/11
    Date Finished: 4/14/11
    Finished Dimensions: Men’s Large

     
  • knitting1105 12:24 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Socks for Dan 

    I received this yarn from my first installment of the CookieA sock club.  It is String Theory sock yarn.

    I wasn’t wowed by the colors, but set about knitting up the pattern included.  The yarn is incredibly soft, and I love the subtle color changes.  This is a mix of greens and browns (although some of the photos of others from the sock club have a more blue-green hue to them).   While I was working on the first sock, before I had determined the calf length, my husband commented to me on what beautiful colors those were.  Now mind you, he is extremely supportive of my fiber addiction, goes to yarn shops and festivals with me, and encourages me in all my knitting and spinning pursuits, but he usually gives no comment about colors or yarns.  So, problem of my not loving the color solved!  I asked him if he would wear the socks with the cable panel down the front, and he enthusiastically answered yes.  So, I extended the calf length a bit and made the Haleakala without the traveling rib.  The yarn is knitting up incredibly soft, most likely due to the cashmere content.  There are occasional small slubs on the yarn, but they are easily pulled off.  I am almost finished with the second sock on which I reversed the center cable here to the back, not noticeable by most.  I am waiting for the next club shipment to arrive (I have already peaked at the spoilers, and am very excited about those socks), and should have these complete in time.  Perhaps tomorrow.

    Manning surprised me at SnB on Monday with this beautiful roving, aptly called “Lady of the Lake” that she got while at a sheep farm in Wisconsin.  I can’t remember the sheep breed, help Manning?  Love the colors, and I will get back to spinning shortly.

     
  • knitting1105 7:27 am on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Dawnsinger 

    Finally got these blocked and photographed.  They are very soft and colorful.  This is my first time using Shibui Knits sock yarn, and I liked it.  I love the bright solid colors also.

    Changes to the pattern were minimal.  I reversed the image on the second sock so the birds are either looking at each other, or away from each other when you are wearing them.  I also decreased the ribbing on the heel and the top of the foot by 1 stitch on each to have an odd number of stitches.  That way they again look symmetrical.  Especially on the ribbing for the heel, it looked wonky when you were picking up with purl stitches next to the instep on one side, and knit on the other.  I also added a few extra rows to the top ribbing, which I was regretting as I was finishing up the second sock, and getting nervous about having enough yarn.  Janel would have sent me more, but it would have put the project in a bag on hold, which is always a dangerous scenario.  I did try Janel’s slip-knot cast on, and I don’t think that I will use it again.  I found it very slow and cumbersome and would have preferred a tubular cast-on in this place.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Dawnsinger
    Pattern Source: Illuminations Sock Club February 2011, Janel Laidman
    Yarn: Shibui Knits sock yarn, colors: 9754 and 9748
    Needles: US 1 dpn’s
    Date Started: 3/8/11
    Date Finished: 4/8/11

    Finished Size: Women’s large

     
    • Rae 11:59 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Those socks scream Spring Time. They came out great I love the color combo.

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    • happymousefairy 8:20 am on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Those are really pretty socks! I love the pattern around the leg, and how thoughtful you were to reverse the pattern. I hope the recipient enjoys them 🙂

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      • knitting1105 8:24 am on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        The recipient will LOVE them, as I have decided that they are for me. Nobody else (except another knitter) would marvel at the awesome fair isle job. Taking them to a spinning retreat where they will be properly admired at the wheel.

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    • Josefina 6:43 am on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh! I wish Janel Laidman´s Illuminations Colorwork Sock Club would become available again….
      I love all her designs from this club and Dawnsinger is one of my favourites!!
      Does anybody know if she is going to republish it again?
      I asked her but did not get a reply =(

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      • knitting1105 1:11 pm on December 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I did enjoy Janel’s club very much. The club ended when her husband got sick, and subsequently passed away. I hope that she is doing better.

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  • knitting1105 10:39 am on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Knit Sock Love 

    What is not to love, about this book, the title, the subject matter, and not least of all the photography.  CookieA does it again with a really remarkable book containing more sock patterns than I could ever knit.  I only recently finished my first pair from her first book, Sock Innovations.  I think that I like this book much better.  A couple of the patterns I have already, as they were free ones on Knitty.com before the name CookieA really took off.  I remember Katie from our SnB group talking about a friend of hers who designed socks.  We were all interested, and I tried the Monkey socks and fell in love.  I even made a hasty drive to the local yarn shop when she was in town for a visit, just to see her.  Here she is with her sock models from that day:

    Lest anyone think that designing socks is not a worthy profession, Cookie attended the prestigious Math and Science Academy in Illinois, and applies her math skills to the design of all of her socks.  She, like many knitwear designers today, has parlayed this into an exciting profession that involves teaching and lecturing all over the world.  It really is a great time to be involved with teaching knitting, as there are retreats and seminars everywhere that one can attend.  But I digress, back to the book.

    The book is broken into 3 chapters:  Columns, Tessellations and Diagonals.  The Columns chapter is just what it suggests, vertical columns of cables, twisted stitches, lace patterns that are repeated over and over and separated by plain or ribbed knitting.  Some of these are simple, such as the BFF which is composed of cable columns, something that I think every knitter has improvised on their own.  My favorite in this section is the Marilinda.  I love how the pattern continues onto the heel, and is more intricate that the aforementioned.

    The Tessellations are “arrangements of shapes on a surface leaving no gaps between them”, these patterns cover a wide range of all-over pattern either horizontally or vertically.  The Monkey pattern, which was the launch of Cookie’s career is included in this section, but also available for free from Knitty.  I have made that sock at least 3 times, and always given it away.  I need to make a pair for myself, it works very well with yarn that has a high degree of variation in the colors, always beautiful to look at and knit with, but often hard to find an appropriate pattern for).  In this section, my favorite is the Rhombus.  These really have the feel of a Tessellation to me, they will need to be knit with a solid yarn that shows off the pattern.

    The third chapter is Diagonals, and as the title suggests, ribbing and patterns work their way across the socks using traveling stitches paired with lacework or cables.  Two of the patterns in the first installment of the sock club used this technique.  You just need to keep in mind that the traveling stitches bind the yarn more, and are less stretchy.  Some people had issues with being able to get them on their feet.  I used Malabrigo sock yarn with mine, and it was not a problem.  My top pick in this section is Pointelle.

    I am in the newly formed CookieA sock club (2 sock patterns and a cookie recipe every other month).  I had seen this book around, and decided that it really was time to purchase it.  Cookie was coming to the Windy City Knitting Guild to teach a weekend seminar, I had signed up for that, but it is cancelled for the time being.  I am not sure how quickly I will get to any of these socks, as I have 4 patterns and 2 yarns coming every other month from the sock clubs.  But, if I  have some spare time, I know just where to look.

     
    • happymousefairy 4:51 pm on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a marvellous book isn’t it! I’ve got a gorgeous pair of Monkeys and i’m currently knitting a right foot Pointelle. Cookie A is so talented!
      I hope you get to knit some of the socks from this book soon, and that you enjoy them as much as I do!

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  • knitting1105 3:01 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Barely Enough 

    Barely enough yarn to finish these socks:

    Although, Janel had said that she could send me more if I ran out.

    And barely enough time to finish them by today, last day for the mystery contest (this was part of a sock of the bi-month club).  I will post blocked photos, details, and  the changes that I made tomorrow.  But, here they are DONE!

     
  • knitting1105 11:32 am on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    April TULSA post 

    A few days late, filling up slowly.  This is one big jar.

     
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