I've been working on knitting up some of my handspun yarns into chunky, slouchy, colorful hats. It's a super simple pattern (start on double pointed needles with eight stitches, increase until satisfied, keep going on circulars until the ribbing, rib, cast off, bam). For some of these, like the light pink one on the far right, I also used some recycled dyed yarn from old sweaters.
This is a really simple project, but I'm very happy with how it turned out, seasonally inappropriate though it may be. I just knit a long tube of stockinette and crocheted the ends of it together. I had about a billion smallish lengths of my hand-dyed, recycled yarns to use up and show off--and here they are! The cowl is super cozy and warm, with wool, mohair, alpaca, nylon and cotton.
Hey all! I think it's cause it's been raining a bunch lately, here in Portland, but I've been craving and creating unrestrained color. It's refreshing to throw a ton of bright shades into the carder and just go with it...though wearing garments made from these will take some bravery.
This one's a mix of nylon, mohair, merino, BFL and lincoln locks, all hand-dyed and hand-carded.
The batts and singles, for the above.
And here's a somewhat crazy mix of mohair, merino, BFL and alpaca--in all the colors I like and other people don't, necessarily.
As for the ladybug yarn, I aways love the look of one color coil popping on a different colored single. I'm thinking red with short black coils, since ladybugs are all spotty. Little black bobbles might also be cute.
Several months back, I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and picked up my first unwashed fleece; I got a ten pound bag of unwashed border leicester lamb's wool. It came from SuDan Farms, in Yoder, OR. Working with it has been a great learning experience.
After washing, I dyed some of the raw fleece before carding it.
I am starting to card a lot of this stuff now--it's definitely a different process working from wool in this state than from roving or prepared batts. I'm finding it easier to use handcarders to open up the fiber first, before putting it through my drumcarder.
I have some finished batts ready to spin now (exciting!).
Moral support, comments, advice appreciated!
Here's a sample of the finished yarns from these batts.
Jexxican: that yarn looks great! So soft and squishy looking, though I'm sorry it wasn't more fun to actually spin.
I've been working on using some respun, recycled yarn (you know, unravelled from a thrift store sweater, redyed, spun to add more twist back in). I just took apart a 30% cashmere, 70% lambswool sweater for that purpose, so it's been showing up in lots of permutations.
Carded woolen single (angelina, mohair, wool), plied with recycled cashmere/wool yarn:
This week, I've been using up my current stock of crazy carded batts, until I can beg, borrow or steal access to a drum carder again. These yarns use a little bit of everything--wool, alpaca, angelina, recycled threads...
These have been super fun to work on. Batts feel like such a spontaneous way to spin.
Hey all! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who knits year round.
Lately, I've been testing out my patience for fair isle (and not for the first time), via the creation of these leg tube thingies. They came out cute, and were a good use for a small selection of my recycled/hand-dyed yarns, such as I invariably have hanging around. Even where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, it's definitely not seasonally appropriate to bust these out; however, I was entertained. And isn't that the point?
I used this pattern as a start: http://www.joann.com/legwarmer-socks/prod720822/ Departures--aside from the obvious stopping before it became a sock part--include changing the actual fair isle pattern to this little heart design, and upping the needle to a US size 7.