I’ve got fresh handspun woollies to share with you today! A little later than I had intended to share it, seeing as it is Sunday and all, but glad to be able to share none-the-less
This is a handspun version of Celes by Jared Flood that I made for my friend D’s sister. It made from some very special fiber – a blend of merino and D’s sister’s dog’s fur. Most of the fiber was hand carded with my trusty Ashford cards but I did send some to be processed into roving as I have not been able to do any amount of carding since I hurt my hand this summer.
I am so pleased with the finished product. The blend of merino and dog fur yields such a dreamy soft and fluffy finished stole. The only mod that I made to this pattern was instead of knitting the center panel in two pieces and grafting together, I chose to knit it in one continuous strip. If you have been wanting to knit this pattern and haven’t yet, I highly recommend it. Not only is it a very fun knit but the resulting stole is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to eventually knitting one for me in some fabulous BFL!
Happy knitting all!
Super excited to start on the edging of my handspun Quill. This is is probably the biggest shawl that I have knit since my from my Fire and Brimstone Laminaria. So far I have knit my way through approximately 4oz of Pheasant handspun on BFL/Silk, 6 oz of Dijon handspun on BFL, and working on 4oz of the lovely alpaca that I received from my dear friend Tina of Peacefully Knitting. The past couple of days have been rather cool so working on my shawl has been a real treat. I already know that it is going to be incredibly cozy as it has been keeping my lap nice and toasty while I work on it. I’ve been hoping that I will be able to share some finished pictures of it next week so be sure to check back! Only two more lacy edges to go …
I had planned to do a FO Friday post on my newly finished Carson Sunrise yesterday but we had so much fun at the Not-Back-To-School picnic with the other homeschoolers that the time got completely away from us. So I’m doing my FO Friday post on Saturday
This was an interesting project for me. I had originally planned on using other yarn but changed my mind when I saw the 3 color version … I snapped one of my good knitting needles and learned a very valuable lesson (don’t leave your knitting where you might sit on it!) … and knit on it all while dealing with a hand injury (which is thankfully almost 100% better now). It might sound like quite the knitting catastrophe but the finished shawl, in my opinion, is very much worth all of the craziness. This shawl is so unbelievably soft, the colors bright and cheery, and it drapes and wraps around me like a daydream. I LOVE it!
Also, the more I work on semi-circular shawls, the more I absolutely love the shape of them. They seem to stay put really well and they are very cozy. I’m almost a little sad to finish this because now I need to find another fun semi-circular shawl to cast on.
What is your favorite semi-circular shawl pattern? I’m looking for a fun new project to cast on in handspun and would love to hear your suggestions
Just a quick post to share with you the progress of my Carson Sunrise (a.k.a Carson: modifications for 3 colors) for the Fine SAL/Romi KAL. I am only a few rows away from starting the edging and am really loving the color effects that my Firewoman handspun is having with the Dijon BFLhandspun and the lovely orange sock yarn. I’m thinking that a good movie and some knitting on my Carson is in order for this evening!
Guess what time it is? Time to pick your yarns and colors for the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL! I’m super excited about this year’s KAL because the name this year is COLOR CRAVING. I am always up for some fun new colorwork and with $1 from every sign donated to the Ricefield Collective, it make the KAL even sweeter.
This year the pattern is calling for three different colors of fingering weight yarn.
You can get the pattern here on Ravelry and join up with the KAL group to sneak a peek at what yarns and colors other people are planning to use and to get some ideas of your own brewing.
Below is the schedule for the release of clues:
- Clue #1 – September 13th
- Clue #2 – September 20th
- Clue #3 – September 27th
- Clue #4 – October 4th
I can’t wait to see what amazing texture and color combinations that Stephen has dreamed up for this KAL. I’m hoping to do the KAL in handspun again this year. I was really happy with how things turned out with my Rockefeller.
Are any of you planning to do this KAL? Did you participate in last year’s KAL? I’d love to hear!
There has been a fun SAL/KAL underway in the Spunky Eclectic ravelry group over the past three months … the Fine Romi Along. The object of the SAL/KAL is to spin a fine yarn, fingering weight or thinner, and to pair it up with one of Romi Hill’s fabulous patterns to create a unique and beautiful finished object. A whole lot of members have been hard at work spinning up Spunky fiber and knitting it into some of the most amazing and inspiring shawls. You can view some of these super inspiring projects by clicking here or by searching projects tagged with “fineromi”.
I had originally planned to knit the pattern “Carson” in the Spunky colorsways “Dijon” and “Pheasant” handspun but when I saw the three color version of Carson, I wanted to knit that even more! So I put aside the “Pheasant” for another project (sorry pretty yarn, it just isn’t your time to shine yet!) and decided to go with the original “Dijon” handspun as the main color. I then paired it up with “Firewoman” handspun from some really fantastic Norwegian wool I picked up from Northbound Knitting and a cheery orange sock yarn from Belfast Mini-Mills. The resulting shawl, I am hoping, will looks like a wonderful sunrise.
While I am still dealing with a very sore paw, it is well enough that I can pick away a little bit at my knitting. My progress is much slower than my usual pace but I am very grateful just to be knitting again. My favorite 3.75mm knitting needles, on the other hand, have had a little accident and the tips will have to be retired. I learned a very valuable lesson when it come to my WIPs … don’t leave your knitting on a chair because you might, just MIGHT, sit on it by mistake and break your favorite needles. lol
So what new and fun things are your working on? Doing any KALs or CALs? I’d love to hear all about it!
I’m happy to share with you all my latest pattern, Spring Snow.
This is a sophisticated shawl that is perfect for snuggling into when the sun goes down or just to dress up your look. It was inspired by the snowfalls and heavy frosts we had late into the spring this year.
The garter stitch triangle is worked first and then stitches are picked up and knit to create the lace edging. The lace is relatively simple but has nupps thrown in to keep you on your toes. Pairing these design elements with Rowan Kidsilk Haze and you’ve got yourself a fun knitting project with classy results. It also means that the shawl is feather light and cozy all at the same time
The pattern is now available for download at both Ravelry and Craftsy.
To view pattern details click the links above.
For instant download from Ravelry, click “Buy Now”
Many thanks to my super awesome test knitters Angie, Stella, and Jane for banging out the kinks in the pattern. You gals are the best!
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?
Today seems like the perfect day to share a spoiler pic of Spring Snow with you all. The pattern is currently being test knit (thank you so much gals!) and one of the knitters has finished it already!!! That was super quick! I’m hoping to get some better photos taken in the near future to share with you all
Still working steadily away on my new pattern and thought that today would be the perfect day to share a couple of spoiler pics.
I have chosen to name this shawl “Spring Snow” because it is soft, fluffy, and delicate, much like the last snows of the year. The basis of the shawl is a garter stitch triangle with a knitted on top edging and a lovely geometric lace border.
The patterns is in the final stage of writing and will soon be sent out to be test knit. I’m looking forward to making another Spring Snow already.