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September 28, 2012
Handspun Chevron Love

Chevron Love Mittens

When I saw this braid - I knew I wanted some bright lively mittens!

Woolgathering BFL

Dyed by Kate of Woolgatherings - this is "Feathers" one of the options for the Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Rav Group Spin Along - I had never spun her fiber and jumped on this opportunity.

Woolgatherings Handspu

I divided up the colors and spun a regular 3 ply yarn with each one for a total of 4 ounces - 201 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn - perfect for my mitten plan! Several years ago I had knit a sport weight yarn kit pair of these mittens and I knew I wanted a nice thick aran weight yarn pair.

Chevron Love Mittens

Pattern: Chevron Love Mittens by Julia Vesper of Knitterly Things
Size: Woman's Medium - 8 1/2" circumference, 9 1/2" length - modified pattern to 48 stitches instead of 60 due to heavier yarn.
Yarn: 4 ounces of handspun Woolgathering BFL in "Feathers" colorway - 200 yards of regular 3 ply aran weight yarn - used every single bit - it you look at the thumb on the mitten to the right, you'll see that I ran out of pink - substituted using some doubled fingering wt. yarn leftover from these socks :)
Needles: US 5 40" circular needle
Modifications: None other than changing stitch count as noted

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these mittens - the BFL is so silky and soft - they are thick and cushy, stranded with this fat poofy yarn - and such a quick knit with size 5 needles. I know they will be worn and loved all winter!

Chevron Love Mittens

and the mandatory woodpile picture :)

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


September 13, 2012
Handspun Mondo Cable Pulli

My new favorite sweater! I just love Chic Knits patterns and this is one I've been wanting to knit for several years.

Mondo Cable Pulli

Pattern: Mondo Cable Pulli designed by Bonnie Marie Burns
Size: chest 35"; length 21"
Yarn: 13.4 ounces (only 685 yards!) regular 3 ply Handspun JulieSpins 50/50 Superfine Merino/Tencel in Shade Garden Colorway
Needles: US#8 - main sweater; US #7 - neckband/ribbing
Mods: 3/4 length sleeves; waist shaping

Knit in one piece from the top down - easy as can be. I love how the neck edging turns into the beautiful front cable. I opted out of the trapeze shaping and did my own regular waist shaping. I can tell that I will wear this sweater all the time!

Mondo Cable Pulli

JulieSpins Merino Tencel JulieSpins Mernio Tencel

From these 2 beautiful braids (13.4 ounces total) of Merino Tencel (50/50) -(softest fiber ever - feels like heaven next to my bare skin!) I spun 690 yards of 3 ply worsted weight yarn. I tried to muddy it up as much as possible and am so happy with the final yarn.

Handspun

Handspun

I was well aware that I was cutting it VERY closely trying to get this sweater from only 690 yards of yarn - but with ongoing calculations, I could see part way through that I would make it.

Here is a close up of the neck edging morphing into the big front cable

Mondo Cable Pulli

I didn't even block this because I didn't want the cable to flatten out - these pictures are straight off the needles. Here are a few pictures that show the handspun texture a bit better.

Mondo Cable Pulli MOndo Cable Pulli

Can't get better than a soft beautiful handspun sweater - I bet I will eventually wear this one out :)

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

 

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