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February 13, 2010
Handspun Habitat/Starting Cassidy


Pattern: Habitat by Jared Flood
Yarn: Handspun Crown Mountain Farm Falkland Wool in Chinon colorway (2.2 ounces/65 grams)
Needles: US 7 and US 8 16" circular
Size: M/L
Modifications: None - knit exactly as written - a clear, well written pattern with excellent charts and directions. (Used M1p for increases and did not block.)

CMF Falkland Fiber CMF Falkland 3 ply
Here is a little better view of the intricate cables - the crown shaping is formed by the changing cable design - a fun pattern to knit and a very pretty warm hat!

Oatmeal BFL yarn

Isn't this a beautiful pile of yarn? 7 skeins of squishy wonderful 3 ply natural Oatmeal BFL - I LOVE IT!

My original plan was to spin the Oatmeal BFL and make my 1st handspun sweater for the Knitting Olympics, BUT I came out of the gate too soon - yep, totally disqualified myself.
After finishing the spinning, there was still almost a week until the official Olympic start , so I made a tiny swatch to see if I was on target - yes! I then decided to knit just a teeny bit of the ribbing to see how it would look (figuring I could always rip it out or just call it a swatch and still be in the race), but I have no willpower and couldn't stop - I desperately wanted to see how the cables would look in this yarn and just kept on knitting...

So I will have my own little personal Olympic knitting project and I will thoroughly enjoy it!

Marcy and I had a fun spin-along during my oatmeal BFL run - she has photos here and You Tube spinning videos here and here for your viewing pleasure :-)

Oatmeal BFL Yarn

Here is the start of Cassidy in Handspun Oatmeal BFL. I was worried that my inconsistently spun yarn might make a mess of this pattern, but it is turning out just fine. I doubt I'll get it done in the next 2 weeks, but I'm betting it will go faster than my last sweater! The pattern is deceptively easy - 4 and 6 row repeat cables- perfect for knitting while watching the Olympics.


Cassidy Closeup

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