Monday, August 30, 2010

Knitting With My Handspun Yarn

Since I'm producing a fair amount of handspun yarn, I'm trying to knit it up when I can. Here are two projects I recently completed using my handspun.

First, a wildly-hued pair of fingerless mitts:

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Susie's Reading Mitts by Janelle Masters

  • Yarn: My handspun "Raisin Wannabe", 100% Shetland Wool (185 yards / 113 g per skein), 0.73 skeins
  • Needle: US 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
  • Size: Smallest

Here's the yarn, before knitting (and the fiber it came from):

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The mitts have a fun turned picot hem:

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... and a little bit of garter stitch and lace for added interest:

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The colors are definitely wild, but I love them in a simple accessory like this:

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Happily for me, this was the kind of low-pressure photoshoot that Moana could get into:

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Alas, this might have been pushing it a little...

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Next, here's another handspun knitted item, that just happens to match Bug's eyes:

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Percy Shawl by Sanne Kalkman

  • Yarn: My handspun "Mermaid", Wool/Silk/Recycled Sari Silk/Angelina (727 yards / 74 g per skein), 0.91 skeins
  • Needle: US 2.5 (3.0 mm) double pointed needles
  • Size: 62 inches wide, 24 inches deep at center ( = 8 repeats of Chart A, 3 repeats of Chart B (starting with row 5 and ending with row 27, as the pattern directs), and 1 repeat of Chart C)

The yarn (and fiber):

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I love how the different patterns come together in this shawl:

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And in silhouette:

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The whole thing:

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OK, Bug, show us the proof...

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Now that's just not fair! Give us a peak... please?

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Pretty please, with yarn on top?

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Ahhh... That's better!

7 comments:

sula said...

I was thinking, cute gloves! Very unique colors, and they certainly make good mitts. And then bam! You hit me with that gorgeous shawl and I literally gasped. Well done!

SJ said...

What a spectacular shawl! The mitts are supercute, too. Definitely love the bright colors in an accessory like that. Think how fun they'll be to pull out in the gloom of winter!

Sara said...

Those mitts are fabulous and will be wonderful in, say, February when you just want something cheery on your hands. I agree with sula about the shawl: breathtaking. Perfect pattern for your beautiful yarn.

muchadored said...

Beautiful shawl, and I love the happy mitts! The patterns looks great in stripey handspun. I'm casting on for a handspun shawl myself today, and can't wait to use some of the yarn I made!

Sarah said...

I love that shawl! So pretty! My goal is to someday spin as beautifully as you do. :-)

Oiyi said...

Gorgeous handspun yarns and you paired it with prefect projects! That shawl is just stunning!

Laiane said...

I love the shawl (and the gorgeous model). I'm getting in the mood to knit lace, and that pattern is simply spectacular. I think it might be a bit beyond my patience level right now, though!