Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yak

Here's something new for me to try.




This is 100% Yak, handspun by Eva. 2 ply, 103 g, 412 m.

Yak is very very soft, leaning to the Qiviut side of the spectrum. It is low in elasticity and this is quite a fine yarn so not one that would ordinarily be a candidate for a pair of socks. Of course that wouldn't stop me from trying ;o)

Here's what I came up with:


I knit a strand of fine lycra concurrently through the entire knit. (That's the cone sitting on the floor and if you squint you may be able to see the fine strand going up and through the right eyelet and feeding along with the yarn. The feed while unwinding of yarn and lycra cause a plying of the two to occur as they are drawn along.

Feeding on the left, you can see a small spool of Wooly Nylon. Initially I was going to run this through the entire sock, but at the last moment changed my mind and used it only on the heels and toes. This picture was taken while knitting the heel.

 Here's another look, this time with the ribber removed (which I do just before knitting the toe).


Naturally I knit these for me.












Oops...ran short on toe of second sock. Finished off with a bit of Koigu.

 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Koigu KPPPM P811



Here's a 'new to me' colourway from my last foray to Koigu: KPPPM P811

Purple is always a winner so I was pleased to find several variations to add to my stash.

Shown here in size Small +, with a 1x1 ribbed top and 5x1 leg and instep.









Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thank you

Thank you for the comments and personal emails of condolence on the passing of my best bud Jesse. I had him cremated and returned to me. After I visit for a spell, and when the time feels right, I've picked out one of his favourite spots by the shade of a spruce tree - where he could watch to see if I came out the door and at the same time surveil his kingdom.

One of my brothers was a Buddhist. Years ago he told me he liked to think my dad was reincarnated as a blue heron.






His choice of the heron made sense to me, in the context of my father's life. (photo: wikipedia)

I don't see blue herons often on the farm. I have a pond up near the house, and another pond about half way back of the farm. Three or four times a year I see a heron at the back pond and I always smile and say, "hi Dad!" Its rare to see one at the front pond.

Two weeks ago, the week Jesse died, there was a blue heron in the front pond. Jesse and I walked past that pond 6 times or more a day doing our regular farm chores. Each and every time that entire week the heron was there. Each and every time I smiled and said "hi Dad!". Jesse passed on the Friday night and I haven't seen the heron since.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jesse

Jesse
Jan 2 2004 - Sep 27 2014

I am devastated to say that my true and faithful companion Jesse passed away in the wee hours of the morning.

I was just getting ready for bed, and Jesse didn't jump up to go outside for his evening business. When I called him he staggered a bit. I think maybe he had a stroke. His hind end more or less gave out.

I lay on the floor and held his paw and gently petted him and he just slipped away.

Jesse has been my constant companion. My most serious dread, as a senior, was that I would pre decease him and he wouldn't know or understand why I left him. My heart, while heavy, is relieved that he was loved, fussed over, played with, spoiled and heaped with attention from the beginning to the end of his years. I thank God for the blessing of Jesse's devoted company.

Rest in peace my friend. I'll see you on the other side.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's the buzz?

The cool summer was great for pasture growth and the flock should be grazing for some time yet before they switch onto hay for the winter.

But autumn being upon us, the rams are in rut so they are confined to a yard on the opposite side of the barn to the pastures, with a round bale of hay to munch on.

Its decent hay and I couldn't figure out why the boys were turning their noses up at it and nibbling instead of thistles in the yard.

Today I went to fork the hay up a little to encourage them.

Yikes!

This is a serious and very active hornet nest.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noro Silk Garden






I don't knit Noro very often these days and I still have a fairly generous stash of it, for when the mood (ie feeling very patient) strikes me.

This is Noro Silk Garden Sock, in colourway S264. 40% Lambs Wool 25% Silk 25% Nylon 10% Kid Mohair. 300m/100g

The thick and thin of this Noro blend is very broad, but, at least, the thin parts don't go all the way down to hair-width as in Noro Kureyon sock yarn. With this blend I'd say the range is lace-weight up to lopi+.  Some parts are so thick its hard to crank it through. And often, even when it will crank through with significant effort a stitch can slip off the needle in a wink. I knit half a dozen pairs and each sock had between 1 and 3 slipped stitched that had to be picked up. 

Feeling perhaps masochistic, I knit everything as a ribbed sock, so the ribber is in place during the entire knit, leaving the slipped stitches to be discovered and picked up at the end. The saving grace is the yarn has such a good grab the a slipped stitch runs either very little, or not at all.

As difficult as this yarn is to work with I continue to love Love LOVE Noro's colours, so I'll always look for those otherwise calm moments when I can get at it.

The pair shown is size Small +, knit with the 72 needle cylinder and 36 ribber on the Verdun 47.






Monday, September 1, 2014

Grazing Aug 31 2014


 Its hard to believe there is so much fresh grazing available at the end of August. The cool summer has definitely favoured the growth of our cool season grasses. Sheep are luvin' it!