One of my goals for 2016 was to knit more of my handspun. I’m not sure I’ve done such a great job of it, though. So far I’ve only managed two cowls, a shawl, and most of a sweater (I haven’t shown you the Drumlin Cardigan in a while… but all the pieces are done).
I’ve been trying to have a handspun project queued up and ready to go at all times. This is the latest item from that “thinking ahead” list - I selected the pattern and wound the yarn for the Little BigWrap early in the summer (before my travels). I cast it on when I was home after my recent appendectomy.
I love all the versions of this shawl in Ravelry. It calls for a “special” yarn and a coordinating solid. I thought that this cake of gradient yarn could be my special yarn – I spun it from an Into the Whirled Falkland Batt earlier this year. The greige yarn is 3-ply BFL that I spun in 2012.
But as I ponder this WIP, two niggling concerns hold me back from working on it more:
- The many versions of the shawl that I love so much in Ravelry are much more colorful than mine. Their “special” yarn must be a variegated yarn with many color changes. I am still stuck on the first color of the gradient cake and it seems like it is lasting a long time. Will this project actually use the whole gradient? Not sure.
- The pattern calls for DK weight yarn. I’m not sure what my handspun is, but it’s probably more like a worsted or even an aran. This is a hefty fabric and one I’m not sure I will actually wear as a shawl.
The project has been in stasis for long enough that I’m pretty sure I’ll rip it out. But before I do, what do you think?
I may struggle with knitting my handspun, but the handspun keeps on happening. After finishing the latest Sheepspot Fiber Club shipment, I picked up a pretty braid from Spunky Eclectic that I got at MDSW last May. It is Polwarth-Mohair-Silk (65/25/10) combed top, in the “Peepers” colorway. I split it into two sections and am spinning it worsted style, pretty fine. I’m hoping to get something like a fingering weight yarn that can be used for a simple scarf/shawl. I’m done with the first bobbin and am into the second one.