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August 19, 2012
Summer Break

Hadn't planned on a blog break, but it just happened - see you in September with a new sweater and some mittens :)

Waterfall

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July 19, 2012
Handspun Herringbone Mittens

A little bit of incongruity

Handspun Herringbone Mittens

I started with this incredible African Violet Fiber Parfait from Blue Mountain Handcrafts - it included Romney, BL, and BFL fleece, a mini batt, handcombed wool blend, merino top, faux cashmere, bamboo, silk and firestar - what an awesome fiber package!

African Violet batt pack

I separated the colors and made these soft shimmery semi smooth batts

African Violet Batts

Spun regular 3 ply worsted weight
purple - 56 grams 102 yards
green - 52 grams 99 yards

There is LOTS of sparkle in this yarn - difficult to capture it with my camera.

African Violet Handspun

Pattern: Herringbone Mittens a free Rav down load by Elli Stubenrauch
Yarn: Every inch of this handspun - here is how much purple I had left after the last thumb!! ; 12 grams of Posh Eva Cashmere Silk left over from this scarf for the lining.
Needles: 2 mitts on 1 circular - US size 4 for the cuff; US size 6 for the outer hand; US size 5 for the liner
Size: Medium 8 3/4" circumference and 10" long (50 stitches around)

Such cool thumbs!

Handspun Herringbone Mittens

The only mod I made was to knit in a wonderful cashmere/silk lining

Handspun Herringbone Mittens

Love that gorgeous soft shiny coral surprise inside!

Handspun Herringbone Mittens

AND - finished my TdF sweater spinning

TdF Handspun

19.9 ounces (567 grams) 1091 yards of fat squishy beautiful 3 ply aran weight yarn.

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July 7, 2012
Handspun TTL Mystery Shawl

As light as air - perfect little summer shawl!

TTL Mystery Shawl

I won this gorgeous braid of 50/50 merino/silk from Kristin of All Spun Up during the December 2011 SAL of "Lily Pond" - she dyed it in beautiful blues just for me - lucky lucky girl that I am!!!
I used 12 grams of it in my recent batts and spun the remaining 91 grams into 677 yards of lace weight 2 ply yarn - perfect for the mystery shawl! More fiber/yarn pictures here.

ASU Merino Silk ASU Merino Silk

Pattern: TTL Mystery Shawl 2012- another excellent pattern designed by Kirstin Kapur of Through the Loops
Needles: US 6 for shawl/ US 7 for bind-off
Size: 53" X 20"
Yarn: 2.1 ounces (62 grams) Handspun Merino Silk

This is such a fun way to knit a shawl - I finished each clue before the next arrived - Kirsten divided and dispersed them perfectly. Without being able to see into the future, I never felt overwhelmed...just took it a little section at a time. I was a little worried that the subtle blue striping would disrupt the lace pattern, but I actually really like it - gives it a little extra beauty :)

TTL Mystery Shawl

I used the Estonian Lace bind off in Knitted Lace of Estonia with my yarn doubled - wonderful very stretchy bind off. Here is a close up of the pretty wavy edging.

TTL Mystery Shawl


TTL Mystery Quilt TTL Mystery Shawl

Back to TdF spinning I go...

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