The Magic of Hand Carding

In all the time I have been spinning (you know, that whole six months of time!) I have only completed a few skeins of yarn. I have SO many bobbins on the go as I experiment and play that they take a long time to get beyond the spinning part and become skeins! ….BUT I did just finish a skein of red/teal 2-ply yarn that I’m pretty proud of.  Sure, it has its issues…overplied in places and too loose in others…but it was made by me and that makes it pretty darn awesome!

118 yards of handspun 2-ply merino/alpaca
118 yards of handspun 2-ply merino/alpaca
This skein was made possible by some new toys I purchased….hand carders!

Buttery Soft Yarn that is Organic Cotton – Yep, it’s possible! (Too Asymmetrical? Not possible!)

My friend Jesika recently invented a lovely and simple – that is an important keyword for newbie knitters like me! Simple! – knitting pattern that results in a beautiful mesh asymmetrical shawl.
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Her initial use of the pattern was with a variegated sock yarn. ¬†I asked if she would share it with me (which she did!) and I decided to experiment with a heavier yarn…an organic cotton by Estelle.

DK variegated cotton 12 wpi
DK variegated cotton 12 wpi

Right off the top, I just want to say that this cotton is fantastic! ¬†Buttery soft, which I didn’t expect, with a lovely drape, which also surprised me. ¬†The fact that it is organic is a bonus!
The resulting shape is also pretty awesome…asymmetrical with a long curling end that wraps nicely over the shoulder.
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Buttery Soft Yarn that is Organic Cotton – Yep, it's possible! (Too Asymmetrical? Not possible!)

My friend Jesika recently invented a lovely and simple – that is an important keyword for newbie knitters like me! Simple! – knitting pattern that results in a beautiful mesh asymmetrical shawl.
IMG_8496
Her initial use of the pattern was with a variegated sock yarn. ¬†I asked if she would share it with me (which she did!) and I decided to experiment with a heavier yarn…an organic cotton by Estelle.

DK variegated cotton 12 wpi
DK variegated cotton 12 wpi

Right off the top, I just want to say that this cotton is fantastic! ¬†Buttery soft, which I didn’t expect, with a lovely drape, which also surprised me. ¬†The fact that it is organic is a bonus!
The resulting shape is also pretty awesome…asymmetrical with a long curling end that wraps nicely over the shoulder.
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To Spin or not to Spin…Red & Turquoise for the win!

I spent a good chunk of today sitting on my front porch with Maddy, my spinning wheel. ¬†It was a gorgeous day and I wanted to be outside…but I also wanted to spin, so I did both.
It got me a few looks as vehicles passed by and my neighbour paused at one point to ask if “that thing really works?” to which I said “Uh huh.”
I forget sometimes how odd spinning seems to those who know nothing about it.
So, I sat on my porch and started working with a heathered red 100% wool roving. ¬†A good amount of time was spent fussing with the tension as the darn yarn kept breaking as though I hadn’t spun it enough to give it strength.

All the ends that kept breaking....
All the ends that kept breaking….

To Spin or not to Spin…Red & Turquoise for the win!

I spent a good chunk of today sitting on my front porch with Maddy, my spinning wheel. ¬†It was a gorgeous day and I wanted to be outside…but I also wanted to spin, so I did both.
It got me a few looks as vehicles passed by and my neighbour paused at one point to ask if “that thing really works?” to which I said “Uh huh.”
I forget sometimes how odd spinning seems to those who know nothing about it.
So, I sat on my porch and started working with a heathered red 100% wool roving. ¬†A good amount of time was spent fussing with the tension as the darn yarn kept breaking as though I hadn’t spun it enough to give it strength.

All the ends that kept breaking....
All the ends that kept breaking….