Thursday, October 16, 2008

For the love of handspun

One thing I don't often do is knit with my own handspun. I fear that if I did, I would just keep everything I spun, and that would be bad. Sometimes I think that I will knit it and instead I just keep it, and love it. And then, I scored this fiber in a destash and thought... I bet this will be for me.



This is the fiber, prespinning. After a quick spin into a lovely 2 ply, you get...


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It matches the color palette of my home perfectly. I decided to post the picture of the fiber unspun because as a new spinner, I often found it difficult to visualize what I would get in the end. Even now I am occasionally surprised! These kinds of comparisons are good for special orders too, I've found.

I had just under 300 yards, but I wanted to make something squishy and fun. Have you seen the book Knitting New Scarves? What a fabulous foray into out of the ordinary knitting techiques! By applying simple adjustments to your standard knitting, you can achieve really unique shapes and 3 dimensional products! Its really cool, I highly recommend it! Aria is a scarf from just that book. By utilizing short rows, I was able to take the classic garter stitch and dress it up into something just a wee bit more exciting...



These are some in progress shots. I love how handspun does a natural striping action!

And the final product... a happy Coley, and a happy Aria!



By the way, I'm super excited because this matches my brown winter eskimo coat perfectly! yay!! This just makes me love spinning even more :)

5 comments:

Shawna said...

so pretty! i love the colors:o)

KnittingLMS said...

Those are beautiful colors. And the scarf came out great.

Annie said...

I love your scarf! You're such a talented lady... XOXO

Lindsay Christine said...

beautiful scarf!!! I love it :-) I think we have very similar style.

city said...

thanks for share.