Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A Lovely Handspun Project

I've been doing quite a bit of spinning lately. It just seems relaxing when you've had a busy day, or it's too hot to move.

I signed up for a SAL/KAL recently through Zarzuela. This is the Polworth in the Dahlia colorway that I got from her.

Beautiful right? I sure thought so. I spun it up as quickly as I could but then I had to wash it so I couldn't cast on the KAL pattern right away. It's the Dahlia Cowl. I couldn't wait to cast on so I dug out some handspun that was ready to go.

In February as a part of the Gritty Knits Fiber of the month club, I received this:

It looks like candy hearts right? I liked it but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.

Eventually I decided to spin the singles pretty loosely and quickly. I also specifically split up the roving (Fractal spinning) so I would get different colors plying together.

It came out very nice and I plied it up right away (I tend to be impatient to go from singles to Yarn)

The yarn is pictured here on the bottom. It's with another skein I spun similarly. (Another Gritty Knits Merino of the month braid, for May)

Since this yarn was ready to go and I was desperate to try out the pattern and get knitting and it's not recommended to spin with wet yarn, I wound it up and cast it on.

It was so interesting and unique. I absolutely love it! The colors shift subtly all the way through. I made it a little wider than the pattern called for so I decided to just keep knitting. The end result?

Lovely. I decided that since this one is wider and I'm going to knit it again with the Dahlia yarn anyway that this doesn't really need to be a cowl. Instead? It's a table runner. Hah! I don't think that's what they had in mind with this pattern but it looks so pretty on my coffee table, I can't resist.

In other news, this:

Is for June's socks, they are cast on and moving along nicely. More on those later.

(I have no idea why all the text at the beginning of this post is underlined. I can't seem to figure out how to fix it. Anyone? Help?)


Teresa said...

Your 'table runner' is so pretty. Love the coloring. It really should go out in public, tho. Too pretty to just sit at home alone.

Peanutbuster said...

I love the rainbow!