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In today’s show, we chat about my works in progress to date that we began discussing last show. I share a new spin that I’ve just started as part of a larger weaving project. Enjoy the show!
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Breed & Colour Studies
In December’s newsletter, I shared the beginnings of my Breed & Colour Study thoughts that will be vlogged about in the How I Spin content beginning January 2020. For the initial thoughts, please have a look here (YouTube).
I pretty much posted all about my fun adventure in colour on the Slack channel, but thought I would upload a final photo here. I love my Shift Cowl, and the fiber and colours were just so wonderful to work with. I learned a lot about colour, and also how I like to work with it, during this process. In the finished cowl there are tiny blips of green or blue in areas that aren’t those colours because there were pieces of fiber with those colours on them when I was spinning. I decided to just leave those in the yarn and work them into the finished object and I like that they are there. To me, it adds interest and also gives a “proof of handspun” stamp, almost, but in a really subtle way that adds to the flow of the colours in the fabric. I look forward to continuing to see what everyone else makes!
Peggy (Kismet51, post no. 79) finished a 2-ply fractal with her Graffiti Interrupted braid and says:
I have finished spinning my Graffiti Interrupted braid. I have very happy with the results. After much consideration I decided to do a fractal spin dividing the braid in half. Spinning one half then splitting the second half in two to spin. My second goal was a finer than my normal spin. This resulted in a lovely 574 m of 2 ply yarn spun short forward worsted spin. I plan to knit Rocky Mountaineer with this lovely light soft yarn.
Works in Progress
Hyssop by Leila Raven
- Ripped out a previous knit to re-claim this yarn
- Was torn about which pattern to choose out of Leila’s new book, To The Point: The Knitted Triangle.
- Wanted to knit something that would really showcase the yarn because this is still to this day one of my favourite yarns! Chose the pattern with the wrapped stitches
- Pattern calls for aran weight yarn – substituting sport/light DK and downsizing my needles to 4mm from the called for 5.5mm for a slightly smaller shawl
Copenhagen Cardigan by Petite Knits
- Westcoast Colour Falkand, striped and pre-drafted
- Moderate to high twist
- Traditional 2-ply, light fingering weight
- Will be knit with Mohair/Silk blend from local dyer – Farmers’ Daughter Yarns
Shifty by Andrea Mowry
- Super inspired by Hanna (habiho – post no. 366 & finished post no. 373) of our Handspun Sweater Makers thread on Ravelry!
- Part of my capsule wardrobe that we will be discussing in The Wool Stream
- Started spinning the green, main colour for the sweater: Westcoast Colour, BFL & Silk
- Traditional 3-ply, 300 grams
- Spinning to a WPI of 12-13 for sport weight to match the one called for in the pattern
Lots and lots of tea towels!
4-shaft houndstooth pattern — simple draft and playing with colours
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