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ETA: craptastic spelling correction ;-)
Go on then, what do you do with your handspun? Any good patterns you can recommend for handspun yarns?
Show us your FOs...
I have been seized recently by the urge (nay, need) to knit with my handspun. Firstly I tackled Giggle, and knitted a Gretel beret (pattern by Ysolda)
I am very happy with the way that this yarn knitted up, both in terms of handle and in looks. A good match for the pattern, I think. The roving was easy to spin, and fun, and felt very good to handle. The yarn carried those characteristics forward. The Tencel component caused me some grief and if I knitted the hat with hindsight, I'd probably use a magic loop to help to eliminate those nasty loose stitches.
I can recommend both the roving and the pattern, which copes well with a slightly uneven handspun I feel.
Roving: Chantilly Lace from Copperpot Woolies at Etsy (Merino/Colonial/Tencel)
Flushed with success, I noticed Ysolda's Urchin beret pattern - a free one. Urchin is designed for lumpy bumpy yarn. Hey, I have some of that! (quite a lot, in fact) I dug out my first handspun: 3 small skeins of very lumpy 2 plied Jacob - and I got stuck in.
It must have been Kismet. I didn't have the correct needles, so knitted it on 6mm instead of 7mm. I made the large size, to compensate. In the event, the hat actually fits. Even spookier, I completed the hat with just 12" of yarn left over - I had to join on some of my second handspun in order to graft the hat.
I love this hat. I adore the engineering - the pattern is quite simply genius. It knits up very quickly indeed and there is plenty of scope for adaptation. My finished hat is loaded with character and texture. It's a genuine Mad Old Bat Hat. Possibly it is even a Crusty In A Van Hat. It will suit me down to the ground. :-)
Pictures taken as soon as I had grafted - the hat is currently soaking in Fairy Liquid.
I could not recommend this pattern highly enough as a vehicle for showing off those early character yarns.
There will be more Urchins. First up will be one in Flambé, I think. I already sent for some 7mm needles (thank heaven for eBay)
It has been fun, knitting with my handspun. It is deeply satisfying. I should do more of it. I think I shall. :-)
I am looking at getting my first wheel and have found two through the same seller but am not sure as to which one would be 1st a better wheel & 2nd a better buy? They are an Asford @ $150 and an Idian head @ $100, not sure of the model of either one.
Any suggestions would be appreiated.
ETA cost of wheels
X-posted to handspinning
It feels like the longest time since I posted here - but I am pleased to say that it is not because I have been idle on the spinning front. In fact, I seem to have got quite a lot of spinning done and I managed to clear most of my prepared fibre stash. The raw fleece is a whole different matter, though.
I did attempt the Tour de Fleece, but joint pain got in the way. My plan was to spin for an hour daily before breakfast - I fell by the wayside after around a week, however.
So, what have been up to?
A Copperpot roving from Etsy, "Deep Fried Vegis". This actually got knitted up into a Morning Surf Scarf that I am rather pleased with despite the fact that the yarn got named "Deep Fried Disaster"
Then came "Gill's Delight" a gorgeous Mohair/Merino yarn from roving gifted to me last year. I was so proud of this spin. It took an age, because I was very careful - and the results were well worth it. SpinningGill wants it, but she can't have it. I haven't knitted it up yet but I want to do something very special with it. It may be a "Hypotenuse" wrap, in time - I got great yardage from it.
After that, came more of the blue shaded Shetland X fleece that I hand-dyed in the winter - and a slight detour into a raw-and-dyed fleece batt that I picked up in Stromness one day. The latter remains as a single until I decide what I want to do with it. I may use it as-is for a weaving project.
Next up was the other PS3 "Fire" roving (inferno) that I got from copperpot. Better late than never! I did this one thick-and-thin and plyed it with some coppery rayon thread. I love it, even though I still don't have the knack of plying the thick bits in tidily. I called it "Flambé" and will probably make the Colinette "iris" ear flap hat from it.
I also had some soy silk given to me, in very similar colours, so was immediately inspired to spin that up. I had been so scared of spinning it, it looked very difficult to handle but in the end I found it quite easy to work with (if a little messy) I even chain-plyed the whole thing when I was done, apart from a little that I experimented with and plyed with some of the leftover Inferno singles. I don't seem to have photos of the soy silk, for some reason.
The final part of this show-and-tell is another copperpot roving - the Chantilly Lace, which I turned into a lovely yarn that I named "Giggle".
This took me a long time to spin. I was very careful to spin it fine and even. Was the effort worth it?
What do you think?
Can you guess how thrilled I was?
It doesn't look like much when I set it down but it feels like plenty and in my defence I have to say that an awful lot of knitting has been done as well! Not to mention the exponential increase in my spinning skill...
I wanted to stop by, exhibit my progress, and say a large "thank you" to this group, without several members of which I would never have made it this far. Thank you for all your support, both tangible and intangible.
I really feel like a proper spinner now.
Currently on my wheels - the first bobbin of a very large spinning project. I am spinning some carded Shetland in many natural shades, and am aiming to get a whole sweater's worth done (and I am no small lady!) Also this, from a roving from Natalie:
I am loving this merino roving with a passion and really wish that I had bought more than one lot of it. It is perfect for the current Project Spectrum phase of "Water" (blue/purple/black) and I hope to knit it into a project with some black yarn. Perhaps these? or something inspired by them... anyway, I am spinning this as fine as I can, to give a fighting chance of making the mitts. All I need is some black merino of equal weight.
After this roving is done I must confine myself to fleece. Mainly due to lack of funds, but also because I really need to reduce the fleece mountain. I have one pencil roving in hand, which I may choose to knit rather than spin, and I still have two rovings that I was gifted - both are very special indeed and I kind of want to improve even further before I tackle them. Hopefully the Shetland large project will do that for me, and then I'll be ready for my luxury rovings. After that, it's nothing but smelly sheep for at least a year I should think!
Ewe Give Me The Knits merino, color Swamp Buggy 1
85g, 247 m, 11 wpi.
Spun on Lucrezia, 14:1, navajo plied.
These are my 13th and 14th handspun yarns. I've joined Tour de Fleece on Ravelry, and going to try spinning my first art yarns ever. I'm quite excited, and hope to show you several attempts after the Tour.