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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!

FO Friday – Handspun Stripe Study Shawl

After almost two months, I’m finished knitting my stripe study shawl.   This project was so many firsts for me and I’m really in love with it.  Actually, I’m wearing my new shawl right now and it is incredibly cozy.

The fiber that I chose for this project was June’s club shipment of 4oz of Shetland wool in “Field Of Dreams” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and some lovely natural colored BFL.   Both skeins were spun up during Tour De Fleece.

The pattern for this shawl is Stripe Study Shawl  by Veera Välimäki and it features an asymmetrical shape worked with short rows and it knit entirely in garter stitch.

One of the new techniques that I tried out with this particular project was spinning woolen style with a long draw.  It was an interesting experience and I was fairly satisfied with the yarn that I produced but I do need to practice this draw more as my yarn was a bit uneven in places.

I found the Stripe Study to be a very easy and satisfying knit.  It works up quickly and the short row strips are very fun.  Add in rainbow colors and it gives the shawl even more pop.

The most difficult part of the project was taking the photos.  It is REALLY had to take photos of a shawl that you are wearing!  lol

Now that I’m finished this project, I’m hoping to spend some more time on my Rockefeller shawl as I am very eager to finish that up and wear it as well.  The evenings are getting a little cooler all the time here so I need lots of handspun shawls (and handspun socks) to snuggle up in.

Happy crafting all!

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