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November 29, 2011
Mawata/ Silk Hanky Mittens

They turned out much prettier than I expected!

Silk Hankie Mittens

Silk Hankies

Mawata up close

I looked up every online source I could fine - some of which included: The Yarn Harlot where the idea took hold of me, Knitty Tutorial, Various You Tube Videos, The Painted Tiger, SpinalCat, and of course a Ravelry Group - Hanky Mania - then came up with my own way of doing it using a conglomeration of the best of all these sources. I realize how much I love learning something new! The main thing I found to be helpful for ease of knitting and maintaining a consistent fiber size was to draft as I went along. I just pulled out the hanky to about 1 yard in length and drafted the fiber as needed while knitting. Very quickly I could "feel" the right size for a worsted weight yarn.

Mawata Mittens

Pattern: Troubadour Mittens from Morehouse Farm- I love this simple nicely shaped pattern - have made these before
Yarn: 1.3 ounces/38 grams Mawata dyed by Blue Moon in "Debra Anna" colorway
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5) 40" circular - both mitts together magic loop
Size: Adult Medium - the body of these mitts are 7.5" circumference - total length 11.5"

Mawata Mittens

A great experience - and fun to know that I can actually do it! They are so so soft - I know I want this silky fabric around my neck, so I bought some gorgeous hand dyed deep purple hankies from AllSpunUp to knit into a cowl or scarf.

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November 21, 2011
Handspun Seaman's Cap for Dave

Well - looks like it's Seaman's Caps for everyone :)

I took the hat order from Dave - needed to be warm - cover ears, but not itchy on ears and forehead, enough head space so he doesn't need to stretch it down. I gave him fiber options and he picked this deep rich Spirit Trails Mixed BFL.

Spirit Trails Mixed BFL

Spun it into thickish singles and decided on a regular 3 ply for warmth and muted colors.

Spirit Trails Mixed BFL Bobbins

3.2 ounces/111 yards of aran weight yarn and a little bit of chain plied leftovers (which become important!)

Spirit Trails Handspun

Spirit Trails Handspun

The only problem is that even with the softness of BFL, I knew it would be slightly itchy on his ears forehead, so decided to add a band of handspun cashmere inside.

cashmere

47 grams/ 150 yards of 2 ply fingering weight cashmere

Handspun Cashmere

Hmmm - it fits me too!

Handspun Seaman's Cap

Pattern: Seaman's Cap by Brenda Zuk - Ravelry Link
Yarn: 3.2 ounces of Handspun Spirit Trails Mixed BFL regular 3 ply (aran weight) and 1.4 ounces Handspun Ashland Bay Cashmere held doubled.
Size: 90 stitches
Needles: cast on with US7 - knit entire cap with US6
Notes: Knit ribbing for 3 1/2" then added 2 1/4" band of ribbed cashmere followed by 2 more rows of ribbed BFL - then continued in stockinette for 2 1/2" before starting decreases.

I LOVE the idea of knitting in a band of cashmere (held this yarn doubled) for softness and extra warmth!

Peek Inside

Here's where that tiny bit of chain plied yarn came in handy - thank goodness!!

Top of Hat

and on the very serious intended recipient who really likes his new hat!

Hat on Dave Hat on Dave

Today I'm washing some pure Merino fleece - so naturally beautiful!

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November 14, 2011
Darkside Cowl and Silk Hankies

I've wanted to make a Darkside Cowl for years and have had the perfect yarn for it just waiting on the sidelines. I was in such a hurry to start that I didn't read the directions and just started right in on the pattern stitch rows - ooops - I was supposed to purl a round 1st to make a nicer bottom edging. Oh well, I kind of like the unfinished wavy look.

Darkside Cowl

Pattern: Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama (free pdf link)
Yarn: 1 skein Lang Silkdream (50% Merino/ 50% Silk)
Needles: 16" circular US #7
Size: 88 stitches around - I knit 3 full repeats of 16 round pattern stitch for a 6 1/2" deep cowl.
My neck is wrapped in soft beautiful luxurious (reversible) warmth - exactly what I wanted!

Darkside Cowl

I'm a little late to the silk hankie party, but I'm so excited to start this new project. Marcy and I are having our own little "unspun silk hankie mitten KAL". I'm using BMFA Silk Hankies/ Mawatas in "Debra Anna" colorway - I LOVE these colors!

Silk Hankies

What a wild sticky fun mess - I quickly learned that I should NOT use Knit Picks pointy wooden needles - the silk sticks like glue to the needles and the tips catch every little bit of fiber. I've switched to dull Addies and it's SO much easier. I've also learned that I should finish drafting the fiber as I knit as opposed to drafting out a whole hankie layer and then knitting.

Silk Hankie Mitts

I'm sure I'll be learning more as I progress, but so far so good :)

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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. 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 :)

But then I still had some yarn left over - enough for colorwork, so I spun 60 grams of this beautiful Hubert 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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