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December 17, 2013
Handspun Metro Cardigan

Handspun Metro

I started drumcarding and spinning this fiber WAYYYYY back during the 2012 Tour de Fleece - here is a quick recap of that process... (more details here)

the ingredients for each little battling

batt baggies

carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings

sweater batts

then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn

Handspun batts

and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...

Handspun Metro

I never button cardigans, so this open front pattern is perfect for me - I've been wearing it in the house all day for the past week (our house is quite cool!)

Handspun Metro

Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
Yarn: 12.6 ounces (700 yards) handspun from homemade batts (my own hand combed corriedale fleece, Merino, BFL, Polworth, Louet 50/50 Cashmere/Silk, Bast Bamboo, 50/50 ASU merino/silk, and BMH Magenta Silk, FatCatKnits Falkland wool in Lavendal, FatCat Batts (Romney, bfl, falkland, mohair, firestar) FatCat corriedale fleece)
Needles: US 8 and US7
Size: Small
Mods: none - knit exactly as written - excellent pattern!

I love the construction of this sweater - the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece (with a fake slip-stitched seam) and then the sleeves are picked up and worked down from the top using short-rows to shape the sleeve cap - no need to set in the sleeves at the end - when the sleeves are done the sweater is done - well, not quite - then you knit the left and right collar bands (which are shaped with short-rows at the back of the neck) and kitchener them together before attaching the very cool collar - DONE!

Handspun Metro

Such a beautiful collar transforms from the front cable/rib bands - her patterns are flawless. Can you see the grafting? It was a challenge to kitchener the ribbing!

Handspun Metro

Anastasia likes it :)

Handspun Metro

My upcycled chicken feed reusable grocery bag - I LOVE THIS! (loosely based on this tutorial from Fresh Eggs Daily)

chicken feed market bag

Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))

brrrr chickens in snow

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