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November 4, 2011
Handspun Hat and Mittens

The process began in April 2010 when I spun this gorgeous 75% BFL 25%Silk Fiber, beautifully hand dyed (Ice Cave) by Kristin from AllSpunUp, into 230 yards of worsted weight 3 ply yarn (110 grams)

asu bfl/silk asu handspun

When I recently started to knit again, I picked up this yarn, cast on 90 stitches and started knitting around and around just to see how my hands/elbows held up (pretty good). I knit for about 10" then decreased for the crown and voila...

ASU Handpun Hat

Pattern: My own - 90 stitches on US 6 circular needle - knit and knit and knit :)

Used only 2.1 ounces so I had some yarn left over - enough for colorwork - yay. I spun 60 grams of this beautiful Hubbert Farms grey alpaca roving

grey alpaca roving

to make 106 yards of soft lovely worsted weight 2 ply yarn

Gray alpaca handspun

which I combined with the hat leftovers for some soft warm BFL/Silk/Alpaca mittens.

handspun mittens

And then to make them even more special, I used leftover handspun cashmere/silk lace yarn from Clothilde and made the softest linings you could ever imagine.

handspun lining

handspun mittens

Pattern: Hangvar from The Mitten Book by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson
Size: 52 stitches around
Needles: 2 mittens on 1 circular US 5 needle

peek inside

As soon as I finished knitting, it snowed just so I could wear them - PERFECT!

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