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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Handspun hat

Here's some shots of the handspun hat being knitted up. I used three skeins of my yarn. The two I've already showed you and a little of a third skein that was drying in my bathroom. My husband bought a towel rack for the door and it works perfect as yarn dryer thing.

Here's a nice close up. I LOVED working with this yarn. It worked up fast, it was very soft and actually very even through out. There were little slubs in it, but not many. Just enough to keep me humbled and remind me that it IS in fact handspun yarn.

I call this the hunter's hat. Boy oh boy is it warm. Done with 100% Merino, triple plied/Navajo plied and then tightly knit on #7 needles. If this doesn't prevent your ears from freezing, nothing short of cinching a couple of live rabbits to your head with your belt will. But, that really wouldn't be camouflage now would it?

Yes..see the very tired model below. Man, someone should tell that woman to try some makeup.

It's actually pretty huge. It's made for a size 22" head. I gave it to my step-father this Sunday for his birthday. He's a 6'4" Swedish man. He's got a large head and likes to hunt. So, I put two and two together and viola! A hat! :D

He was actually quite thrilled to get it. Which makes me happy. To me, a great gift is something that someone really likes but fills a need in the process. I get my practical side from my mother :D.

Although, I should admit. I worked this hat, halfway through the first time and had to frog it. Yep, I knitted a swatch, measured it wrong, and added too many stitches. So, I frogged it, and made this cute picture to glorify my humility. :D

Oh, and here's some yarn I got from knit picks. The Marine heather is for my husbands soon to be socks. The rest is for lace projects that I've been determined to make for myself. Shadow is $2.50 a skein, 100% merino, and really soft. It's a great bargin.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Slowly going forward.

Well, that shawl isn't getting done as fast as I had hoped for. Seems as of late the steam is going down out of my enthusiasm. I just need a loooooong break and to relax for a bit. :D So, I've been spinning. It's something I can do while multitasking. Being a parent I've learned that multitasking is essential to any mother's survival.

I couldn't wait until I got a spinning wheel to try the Navajo ply. It's a little tricky done on a drop spindle, but it works.

Although, doing a Navajo ply really cuts your yardage down quite a bit. I started out with about 1oo yards (give or take quite a few yards...sorry, didn't measure before hand) and ended up with quite a bit less. The top has 55 yards and the bottom one is 49 1/2 almost 50 yards.

They're both 100% merino is sage. What will I make with them? I'm not sure. I'm guessing they're probably about 4 oz. between the two of them. 2 oz. each. Wrist warmers, possibly a hat (that I'm not sure of), or I could spin up the last bit of the roving and just add it all to my stash and fondle it now and then until an idea comes to me. :D