Monday, December 31, 2007

Not A New Year's Resolution

I plan to blog more this year.

It's not a New Year's Resolution, just a plan I'd like to implement. Even if the posts are short, I'd like to get back to regular posting. Stay tuned to see if I succeed.

I plan to: blog more, knit more, and spin more. YES I said SPIN. More on that...later.

Here is some knitting I did for and over Christmas:

The top photo is a close-up of a pair of socks I knit for my mom for Christmas. My mom got sick in December and will go in for surgery in a few days. I thought she could use something warm and cozy. Here is the complete view:

She loves the socks and has been wearing them night and day with a liner of cotton socks. I knit them with handspun sock yarn that I bought from KnittinPretty at etsy.

The mitts are knit with handspun from Hobbledehoy at etsy. I have a serious addiction to Hobbledehoy's yarn, and I think it is the main reason for my desire to spin my own yarn (so I don't go broke at Hobbledehoy). In the long run, the wheel is cheaper.

I was able to knit three pair of these mitts from the one skein, so I kept a pair, sold a pair, and gifted a pair to my niece for Christmas.

This was supposed to be my cozy Christmas sweater. I knit it with Rowan Big Wool Fusion in a smoky blue/grey colour. I used the Rowan Pattern from Big it Up. The sweater was fun to knit, and quick on 12.75mm needles. And it doesn't really fit me, so it went to Little Miss H (who just turned 11). She loves it and calls it her "sleepover sweater." I wasn't allowed to show her hair 'cuz she was mad at it, and I'm supposed to say that this is her stunt-double posing in the sweater.

This is the yarn I used to knit my nephew a pair of socks for Christmas. Yeah, I know, lame to show the yarn and not the socks. Didn't get a photo. Yeah, I know. Lame. Especially as I have more of the yarn available in my shop, and you'd think that pix of nice socks knit in it would be a great marketing tool. Yeah, I know.

The yarn is called Rusty Camo, and it was fun to knit for socks on size 4.0mm (cuffs) and 3.75mm needles (the rest). I used about 150 grams to knit size-10 men's socks with 10 inch legs. The socks knit up fast, and the yarn striped in chunky stripes of rust and green. They looked great.

I also can't show you the two monster hats that I knit for my other two nephews. They were grand, and so quick and easy to knit. The monster patches just pop right out. The nephews loved them and wore them all through our time at dinner and after. Do you think I got any photos?? Yeah, I know.


CatBookMom said...

Give H my Hippo Birdie good wishes. Great socks, (you know me and blues), mitts and sweater. Sorry you won't be wearing the sweater, but H looks good in it.


CoreyDina said...

Love to see you back, Jayne! And *I* just completed a basic pair of wool socks for my pepere from yarn I bought from you awhile ago. He loves em! I'll post a photo on Ravelry at some point (I too was so excited to give them to him that I forgot to shoot them, but fortunately he lives just across town). Gotta say, I love your dye-art and think I'm due for some more. Can't wait to see what you turn out with your spinning.

Corey in Maine
(aaargh, I can't remember my sign-in)

Knitting Nutter said...

Good to have you back. I hadn't realised how much I enjoyed checking your etsy site each day to see what you had loaded on. I missed it!

Good to hear that you are well rested, though sorry to hear that your mother has been unwell.

I'm back in Australia now (permanently) and about to start on another vest with your chocolate berry truffle yarn!

Zalynn said...

Oh, I also forgot to say... Regarding spinning, I first came across spinning when I was working in Afghanistan. It was a project to help in remote highlands women get a livelihood and source of income. (see When I returned to Australia after Afghanistan, I bought an Ashford Joy spinning wheel which I now carry around the world with me. And I love it.

And I love spinning! I love the process of creating yarn from roving... and if I was faster at spinning, I would only use handspun!

I think you would definitely get a wheel!

Just A Stay At Home Mom said...

love those gloves!!!

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tracy on bowen island said...

Yeah Jayne is back. Love your inspirational post, knitting related and otherwise too. Thanks for the help with the wheel information, I have been in touch with Dale!

Anonymous said...

Jayne, I used your rusty camo yarn on all my packages this holiday, and they looked lovely!!

So excited to see you blogging again, and Daisy! What a doll she is... can't wait to see new pics of your craft room... yay!
Happy new year, my friend.
♥ Janell

Mia said...

I love the cameo yarn. I am going to have to check it out.

m said...

Great blog and pics! I'm trying to decide between getting the Ashford Joy or Lendrum DT as I like the feel of both. I was wondering what made you decide on your Lendrum? Also how much did you buy it for?