Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung

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Special EditionJean ChungComment

I've been blogging about knitting for about 10 years now. Wow. 

I started at Wordpress, as "JDKnitter in the 9th Circuit" (HAHA). And back then, it was just to keep a journal of my new hobby, knitting. Soon, it became more serious and I started focusing on sharing my knitting designs with others. 

My life has evolved significantly since then. I'm no longer a law student who used the 2-hour shifts at the law library counter as knitting time. I'm a mom with an energetic toddler, and 2 fur-babies, Candy and Bagel. I also have a very fulfilling job as general counsel of a company. I now not only knit, but spin yarns, dye fibers, and sew clothes. 

The world has evolved as well. It seems like people are becoming less and less interested in reading long blog posts, or read through long patterns/tutorials. With Pinterest and Instagram, it's all about exchange of information in as few words as possible. 

Knitting world is changing -- magazines are going out of operation or merged with bigger companies, design aesthetics change, and the economy of selling patterns as an emerging designer is tough. 

All of these to simply say, that it's time for a change. I'm going to think about it more, and I don't know where this blog/design page is going, YET. I want to keep sharing my passion in handmade fashion with others, so this place will never just disappear, that is for sure.

But I do see a need for a change. One idea is to focus on how I usually modify other people's pattern to fit my body. I do feel like I want to focus on sharing How-to's and tips, rather than designing. 

I changed the website design back to the previous version. Until next time....

Other Obsessions: Superwash BFL by Squoosh Fiberarts

Other ObsessionsJean ChungComment

This is what I'm spinning right now:

Squoosh1

 

I first heard of Squoosh Fiberarts as a sample knitter 4~5 years ago. I was working for an independent knitwear designer whose design used these beautiful yarns from Squoosh, and at that point in my knitting life, I had already graduated from using yarns from Michaels or other big box stores to using more quality yarns from smaller manufacturers, but I hadn't worked with any indie dyers' yarns. Squoosh was definitely my first.

When I first started spinning on spinning wheels, I started collecting handdyed fibers from various indie dyers, but Squoosh was always in my stash. I even joined their Yarn Club so that I could get their gorgeous yarns every month. :) 

The fiber I'm working with is Squoosh's Superwash BFL (4 oz) in "2025" colorway. It has a bit of orange-red, dark brown, dark blue-gray, and light blue, and then spots of undyed natural fiber. This has been sitting in my stash for a while because I wanted to save it for when I felt more confident with my spinning.

Squoosh3

This is going to be sock yarn, so I'm spinning this pretty fine, and in whole, just starting at the top of the fiber to the end; no dividing to play with the color sequence or anything. And will be plied in chain plying technique, since that's what I am most comfortable with in terms of controlling the twists.

Spin-ability: The fiber is very soft, and dyed really well so that it's not at all matted, pilled, felted, or damaged in any other way. It spins like butter. I just pull a little bit out with no resistance, and it consistently spins at the same drafting speed.

Squoosh2

Color repeats: I pre-draft a little bit just to blend the transition between the colors, and they're just gorgeous. I especially like the dark blue gray color. 

Conclusion: I cannot wait to ply this up! I'm halfway done with spinning the fiber, just under 2oz left to go.