My goal to knit more handspun in 2016 has not been going as well as I’d hoped. I banged out a few small items at the end of 2015, but my Ravelry account shows only one project finished in 2016 – this cowl. I’ve been doing well at knitting from stash, but not as well knitting from HANDSPUN stash.
But things are looking up. I have not one but TWO handspun projects on the needles right now.
This is my Blue Spruce 2-ply that I finished in 2015. It’s a Polwarth-Silk blend and very soothing to work with.
I’m making the Pebble Beach Shawl and it’s been on the needles for about a month. This is one of those pieces that will look unimpressive on the needles because it’s so squished up. You really need to click through to the pattern page to see it in its glory. It will be a long, crescent-shaped shawl. I’m about 75% done right now and It’s for a friend who I’m 99% sure doesn’t read the blog… but I’ll conceal her name until she gets this. She will be 100% surprised!
The other project didn’t spend much time in the “stash” phase – I’m using the 3-ply blendy Cormo that I finished a few weeks ago.
Because the yarn is soft and cuddly, it will be a cowl for Judy. (It’s not a secret.) I’m using the Yarn Harlot’s One Row Handspun Scarf pattern, but I started with a provisional CO so I can graft the ends together and make a seamless cowl:
It will be perfect for this spring weather, when it can be in the 40s in the morning but 70s by later in the day. And…I think Judy has a birthday coming up, so the timing couldn’t be better.
I’d better get another handspun project on deck…