Episode 134 Live: Hyssop Shawl FO

Thank you for being here today, especially those who were able to make it to the Live Stream. I appreciate your time spent here in this place and me. I hope you feel most welcome because you are welcome here.

In today’s show, we chat quickly about Sera’s finished Breed & Colour Study items – beautiful! I have a finished shawl to share with you, along with some spins-in-progress that are part of a larger 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).

Sera shared photos since last show of her wearing her Shift cowl and also, her Shiftalong toque with leftovers! Gorgeous Sera!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Finished Objects

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

Works in Progress – Spinning

SweetGeorgia Yarns Gotland

  • Spinning with a distaff — managing hands and placement learning curve
  • Enjoying fineness of spun yarn — keeping medium twist

SweetGeorgia Yarns Alpaca/Merino/Silk

  • ‘Falling Leaves’ colourway from UK’s Spin Together in Fall 2019
  • High ratio – 27:1 for high twist singles due to multiple staple lengths of fibre & quite short staple lengths overall (fibre probably cut in commercial processing)
  • Divided fibre into 6 nests and spun end-to-end with very little prep or attenuating as fibre began to drift apart (no coarseness of fibres – alpaca and silk are smooth – to keep fibre together even with small twist)


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