Last year’s push to work with my handspun yarns has really started to bear fruit. I’m excited because there’s now plenty more to share as brand new knits in my life.
Fall Colours, my way
This is Susan Ashcroft’s “very easy but effective” No-Fuss Shade-Loving Shawl.
As I quipped on my project page – it’s a fractal-loving shawl!
The form (i.e. modifications) followed function. The solid colour bands were on the verge of shifting when I was making the seed stitch lower edge. I sped up the increases (every row), and made Meg Swansen’s edge. It’s charted on page 114 of Knitting Around.
Around the same time, I was spinning grey Jacob wool top. This project was all geared towards making purple & grey stranded mittens for this winter.
This spin on my Wee Peggy helped me weather more of the medical stuff. Soon, I was wondering why not try to design these mittens myself?
The cuff is based on the Estonian Peacock’s Tail pattern set out in the Knitter’s Book of Wool Risti Mittens by Nancy Bush. I threw caution to the wind adding sundries:
- Red: fibre came with my Jenkins delight from a B.C. Raveler. Traditionally, red cuffs are for good luck;
- Avocado: natural dye sample of woolen-spun PolwarthxPort fibre; and
- Purple: leftover SW Corriedale from my Redhook sweater.
My gauge on 2.5mm needles was 15 stitches = 2″.
This book taught me both the elements of mitten knitting & the stitch repeats (Swedish & Faorese):
Not many knitting books sit by my beside. “Traditional Scandinavian Knitting” did for ages. It’s full of useful information that doesn’t leap off the page on a 1st reading.
Sure, DH was within his rights to declare the cuffs “ghetto” but I am super-proud of this project. One simple idea that grew into its own: I have a pair of warm Jacob mitts!
Out of Hiding – Shetland
As far back as 2010 this spin shot Shetland to the top of my personal wool list.
Moral: spinning triumphs sometimes become an end in themselves. Keep creating.
The spark for taking the skeins out of the box was another spin-along/ knit-along on Ravelry. It’s in A Spinner’s Study, and I joined Team Lace – cowl knitting.
Aah, my friend, Logwood! This time, I threw some copper liquor into the dye pot. Made from this humble copper scrubbie.
I am showing you the cowl first before the group. I gave it diamond lace to match my new mittens.
There’s a lot out here about the ‘hows’ and ‘wherefores’ of spinning. What I wanted to show today is why I really spin. Handspun is yarn that gives back to you. Large.