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November 21, 2013
Handspun Plaid

Hobbledehoy handwoven scarf

Started with these fluffy battlings from Hobbledehoy in Blue Sky (a fall battling SAL inspired by Breaking Bad ) These tiny batts were so soft that I knew I wanted the finished project to wrap around my neck - the ingredients.. merino wool, superfine merino, silk, bamboo, tencel, sari silk, alpaca, sparkle - YUMMM!

Hobbledehoy Battlings

4 colorways - a total of 2.5 ounces/240 yards of 2 ply - not very much, but I decided it was enough for a woven scarf and if the scarf wasn't long enough I would turn it into a woven cowl.

Hobbledehoy Handspun

I designed the plaid to use up all my yarn, but was off on the calculations - ran out of navy when I had enough of the other colors for another repeat :(
But at 46" long X 7" wide , it was perfect for a nice lightweight scarf - and a scarf it will stay - not turning it into a cowl this time, but I still think that is a good idea for a future short scarf.
Breaking Bad Scarf

Pattern: Plaid - just tried to create a plaid pattern that would use up 42 yards navy, 98 yards blue, 37 yards light blue, 63 yards green - spent some quality time with my calculator!
warp 8,8,6,4,10,4,6,8,8
weft 7,7,5,3,9,3,5,7,7
Yarn: 2.1 ounces (62 grams) 2 ply handspun from Hobbledehoy battlings in Blue Sky
Size: 7" W X 46"L
Warp and Weft Specifications:
8 dent rigid heddle
Sett:8 ends/inch
Picks: 8 ppi
Warp Length: 72"
Warp Ends:62
Finishing: hemstitched ends (3 per stitch) - 3 1/2" fringe
Woven handspun scarf

Here is a close up of the weave - all those little nubs of color and specks of sari silk, shiny tencel and bamboo and the glistening sparkle (which sadly you can't see in these pictures) - I can stare at woven fabric for a long time - mesmerizing!

close up

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Handspun Handwoven Plaid Scarf I have trouble with scarf self portraits - my arm isn't long enough, totally dorky trying to smile when no one else is there, and the camera shadow is in all the pictures, but you get the idea...
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I now have visions of using up all my leftover handspun and leftover sock yarn to weave plaid scarves!

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November 7, 2013
Quaternity Mittens

When I found out that Rose Hiver was going to be the designer for the I Make Mittens October Mystery Mitten, I knew I would make them! I still need to make Water for Elephant Socks!


Started with this beautiful bfl/silk fiber from FatCatKnits in Deep Sea colorway


Spun into regular 3 ply fingering weight yarn


then combined it with Knit Picks Palette for some pretty colorwork mittens


Pattern: Quaternity by Rose Hiver
Yarn:47 grams handspun FatCatKnits BFL/Silk in Deep Sea and 35 grams Knit Picks Palette in Hare Heather
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) 40" circular
Size: Adult - 8 3/4" circumference; 11 1/2" cuff to tip - 76 stitches around
Mods: Shortened the tip of both the mitten and the thumb to fit my hand, but otherwise followed pattern exactly as written - and it was a VERY well written pattern!

Never easy to be the photographer and model!

Viewing the back of the hand stitch pattern - Depending on how you look at it - there are stars or 4 petaled flowers. Also different patterns if you keep looking - kind of like a quilt. I also really like the braids - sets the cuffs off beautifully.


viewing the palm stitch pattern


The chickens don't want to be left out - I think in their mind, that weird looking hand may just have food in it!
They spent today digging up my garlic as fast as I could plant it - bet they can't find all 200 cloves though :)

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