Thursday, 30 April 2009

FO: Handspun Feather and Fan Shawl


Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: My own handspun and Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton in pink and natural
Needles: 6mm

I love how this turned out. The colours all go together so well, and it is soo soft and cuddly. I have left it unblocked, so it's thick and squishy. (albeit a little curly at the edges :P)
I wasn't sure about the fringe, but decided to go with it, as the shawl turned out a little smaller than I would have liked. The fringe suits it, I think!


Something has happened to our Autumn weather, it has decided to still travel along masquerading as Summer. Caitlyn wouldn't model it for more than a second, and threw it on the ground declaring it was much too hot and itchy :-)
Good thing I have appreciation of my projects around here LOL.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Shawl is done!

Originally uploaded by Lis_
Finally finished! It took almost a month, but I have my first 'real' item from my handspun.
I love it - it's so soft and snuggly and (hellishly on this disgustingly hot autumn day) warm.
Will post more details later.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Frank the frog

Last Friday Caitlyn spent half the day in hospital having a small operation.
She was not a happy camper for awhile, and Grandma gave me some money to buy her something - so she'd have something to look forward to when it was over.

This is what she said she wanted lol.
Frank and Fifi the frogs. I must admit, I think I will be passing Fifi onto Grandma to knit ;-)




Lachie has claimed it for the moment. Gotta be a part of everything!
Rav link

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

more handspun...

Originally uploaded by Lis_
my first 3 ply yarn.
80% merino/20% silk
approx 100g/75m.
heavy worsted weight.


Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Third handspun + WIP

*warning, photo heavy lol*

My third handspun yarn was the same fibre as the first/second lot, which I dyed with food colouring again.


It turned out a lot better than I expected it to. I spun and plied it with a commercial yarn, into about a DK/8ply weight.

handspunfingering springtimeplied3

I matched it with some organic cotton to make the feather and fan shawl.
It's a very enjoyable, relaxing project.
After all the excitement and seeing everyone at Easter, on Sunday afternoon while everyone was still down at the beach, Lachie had a 2 hour nap at my sister's place while we watched Bruce Almighty and I knitted.



That photo is from last week sometime, I haven't taken another updated one yet.

Pattern: Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
Web Link: here
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: handspun and Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton
Needles: 6mm

Handspun love + first project

I have no idea how many times I have sat down to do this and been distracted by something (or a child :P)
I have become fairly obsessed with the spinning wheel, and creating my own yarn. There is a fair amount of cheap thrills involved in knitting something that was made with fibre that you dyed, spun and then created something with.

First up is my very first project made with my second ever handspun. I am way too proud of something that is so ugly, but, meh. :-)

Here is the fibre, after I dyed it with food colouring:


After spinning:


Pattern: my own improvised design.
My Rav Link: here
Yarn: Approx 35g of DK/sport weight single ply yarn
Needles: 4mm (I think?)



As usual, more photos on my flickr.