Who? Me? Oh, I’m just the one over here knitting with my very own handspun. (!!!!!!)
Last fall, I sat at my spinning wheel and turned the fiber in this (horribly over exposed) picture:
Into this yarn:
And now I’m using the yarn to knit this pillow cover (Rasta says hello):
This is kind of a big deal for me because this is the first real thing I’ve ever knit with my own handspun yarn. The fiber is from Hello Yarn—more about that in a minute. It’s Shetland Wool Top in the colorway “Minerals.” It was their November 2010 fiber club fiber, and I got a nice quantity of it in a destash a year or so ago.
My original, and I now realize overly ambitious, goal was to spin this for a sweater. Turns out I’m not that good yet. After finishing a little over a thousand yards of it, I realized there was no way I’d be able to get anything close to a regular gauge once I started knitting with it. It’s pretty consistent for beginner yarn, but not nearly consistent enough for a garment.
So . . . I set it aside and thought for about six months. Then, Friday night when I finished 28thirty, I decided to take the plunge. First, I tried knitting Quaker Yarn Stretcher, but the fiber turned out to be too coarse for neckwear. I wanted something that I could have around me all the time because, despite its lack of garment worthiness, I really love this yarn. It makes me so happy to look at it and think I took it from fiber to yarn with my very own hands. And I think about the happy things I was doing while I was spinning it—mostly hanging out with my good friend Cari and other cool fiber people at the Knotty Ladies Weekend Getaway last October. Having it nearby in the form of a tangible, knitted thing will be a regular source of warm fuzzies. I can clutch it to my breast on days like this past Thursday and Friday to remind me that work craziness will pass while spinning and knitting and friends remain.
I eventually decided to make it a cushion cover. I’m into the third ball of yarn at this point, so I should finish up the knitting tonight or tomorrow, and then I can seam it up and stuff it. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Before I sign off, let me tell you about Hello Yarn. There are lots of awesome fiber clubs out there, but I find that as often as not when I’m looking at gorgeous handspun on Ravelry, the fiber is from Hello Yarn. I think I must have a particular affinity for their colorways, among other things. The only problem is that even getting onto their waiting list is a huge task. I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that I’m now ON THE LIST! Sometime in the next six to nine months, I should actually get to join, and then I can look forward to a delivery of their gorgeous fiber every month. Woohooo!! Just one more reason why this seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge and knit with my Hello Yarn yarn . . .