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WIP Wednesday – More Handspun Shawl Goodness


I’ve been itching to get started on another handspun shawl and, after looking at dozens of patterns and handspun combos earlier this week, decided that I NEED to knit another daybreak.  And this one MUST be knit in Wensleydale.

I chose to use 4oz of  “Not So Seaworthy” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with Rosa’s amazing natural deep brown.  I really like how these two yarns play together and Wensleydale is just so dreamy to work with!  It is knitting up super fast and I’m looking forward to snuggling up in it on these still-cool spring evenings.

What’s on your needles, hook, spindle or wheel?

FO Friday – Handspun Daybreak II

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I’ve had this finished for a little while now (actually, I finished it around November 30th I believe) but I just hadn’t gotten around to sharing it with you all.  Today is the perfect day!

This is my second time knitting Stephen West’s Daybreak pattern and it was just as delightful the this time round.  I chose some of my own hand painted BFL fiber and paired it up with  natural BFL and got spinning away.  BFL makes some really amazing and silky singles!  And the colors make me think of moss and walks in the forest.

What have you been working on lately?  Finish up anything extra special?  I’d love to hear all about it!


WIP Wednesday – Handspun Daybreak II

Long time no see everyone!  November has turned out to be an even crazier month than I had originally anticipated.  I’ve decided that this is the year to step out and actually participate in some of the craft fairs around here so I have been busy dying wool, spinning yarn, and printing patterns to stock my table.  I spent a very enjoyable day last Sunday at MachPhail Homestead in Orwell and I’m looking forward to the craft sale this Friday and Saturday at the Wellness Center in Montague.

With all the preparations for the sales, I’ve still managed to get in some of my own spinning and knitting.  This week I’ve started on a second handspun Daybreak (and I feel another one in the near future as well!).  This shawl is for a kettlebell buddy :-)

I chose 6oz of lovely natural BFL that I had in my stash and dyed it up in shades of green, hints of gold, and brown.  Then I decided that it needed to be spun up into a plump and bouncy fingering weight singles.  I’m really pleased with how the yarn turned out.

I paired it up with some plain white handspun that I had in my stash and got right to knitting.  I’m on stripe 12 of 16 now so I’m really cruising along.  I’m hoping to give the finished shawl to my friend next week.

How had your November been so far?  Are you getting lots of crafting in?  Do you sell in craft fairs?  I’d love to hear all about your month so far!

FO Friday – Handspun Daybreak

I have a fun new shawl to show off to you all today … my handspun Daybreak.

I chose to knit the medium sized shawl from some really lovely handspun.  The main color was spun up as singles from 4oz of Falkland wool in “Saffron” colorway by NorthboundKnitting and the cream color is a two ply in BFL from Spunky Eclectic.

The shawl is a wonderful combo of soft and fuzzy and silky and drapey all at once.  I love how the center portion looks like growth rings on a tree!

Amazingly enough, this was the last WIP that I had sitting and waiting for me to finish.  How crazy is that!  So naturally, I’ve started working on a new project but you’ll need to check back later next week for the dirt on that one!  lol

I’m off outside now because we’ve been blessed with a gorgeous, sunny Autumn day.  Hope you all have a beautiful weekend and happy crafting!

WIP Wednesday – Handspun Daybreak

I’ve been on such a West Knits kick this past while.  I knit handspun version of Akimbo and Rockefeller (which I will be sharing all about on Friday) and now I’m starting on Daybreak.  I love the bold geometric shapes and fun colorwork.  Stephen West’s patterns are a huge amount of fun to knit!

The yarn that I’ve chose for my Daybreak are really lovely.  I’ve chosen 40z of Falkland in “Saffron” colorway by NorthboundKnitting and some of gorgeous natural colored BFL from Spunky Eclectic.   The subtle color changing in the center of the shawl makes me think of tree rings.

I always find my work-in-progress shots a little messy, what with the yarn stitch markers I use and the little ends poking out, but it feels great to slip all the stitches onto some scrap yarn and lay the shawl out so I can get a better picture of how everything is going.

Six of the sixteen color stripes are finished so I am trucking right along with this project.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the finished shawl looks like and how it feels to wear it.

What projects or crafts have you been working on lately?  Do you take work-in-progress shots too?  I’d love you to share!

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