Pat's Knitting and Quilting
November 3, 2009
While at Rhinebeck, I just had to buy this tiny 2 oz. braid of Hand Painted Roving - knowing full well that I had no idea how to spin. It is 80% Leicester Long Wool Lamb and 20% Kidd Mohair from Lakeview Farm where they raise endangered English Leicester Long Wool Sheep.
Without having a clue about what I was doing, the very next day I started trying to spin it with a spindle I had bought several years ago - I used this book and just dove in. Here is what I ended up with after 2 days of spinning - lace wt. to bulky wt. and everything in between - you can laugh :-)
I knew 2 oz wouldn't be enough for anything, but was driven to make something with my new yarn, so I decided to pair it up with some stash yarn and make some mittens.
Pattern: Salt and Pepper Mittens by Robin Hansen from Favorite Mittens.
This is the absolute simplest form of colorwork - just a one/one alteration of color that never stops. Because of the uneven number of stitches, the pattern wraps perfectly around the hand with no visible join.. Robin's special way of increasing for the thumb gore keeps the pattern smooth there too.
I am so glad I decided to knit with my funny little skein of yarn - I LOVE these beautiful and thick warm mittens with their soft airy mohair halo and lovely muted colors -My hands will NOT be cold this winter!
I don't see spinning becoming a new obsession anytime soon, but it sure was fun to give it a try.