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Topic: handspun hats! [update 03.13.10]  (Read 4515 times)
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« on: January 27, 2010 01:10:34 PM »

update 03.13.10

lovely corespun

transformed into hat

ps, my love is cute Grin
pps, hat season is almost over Sad

update 02.09.10
this yarn was a learning experience. I learned that I'm not too fond of icelandic wool. I learned that when I watch a tutorial video, it wouldn't hurt to actually follow the advice they give, as they probably know a thing or two about the certain technique they're explaining. and I learned that my boything really does want a hand knit hat, although that's irrelevant.
dark brown icelandic wool also from NYS&W, core spun and occasionally thread wrapped, with felted naubles strewn about.

being knit:

and all knat up! (yup, totally just made that up and think I'm gonna say it all the time now haha)

I used this hat as inspiration. and winged it as usual. it turned out okay but I might line it with fleece cause the Icelandic wool is a tad scratchy.


hello knitters! I haven't posted to the knit board in quite a long time.

these were my first attempts in quite a while. I knit my first hat nearly 4 years ago, and have not knit one since (with the exception of a few baby hats). so they were pretty much trial and error. I looked over a few patterns first, and then I just 'winged' it - knit it how if felt like it should be knit.

this was knit special for my momma. I have been totally slacking in the hand-made gift category. I make tons of things for people, but not nearly enough for my family. especially my mum. so how's this for a birthday surprise? I corespun all the yarn in her favourite colors. oh and that chartreuse green yarn? one of my first-ever-hand-spun yarn! I have a few mini skeins of my first-ever-spun that are used only in the most special projects - like this one. but since I jumped in without a pattern, I made it far too big and had to felt it.

before felting:


you can't see a big difference, but you can definitely feel it.

also knit with corespun yarn. reduced the amount of stitches and tried a different decrease technique. I rather like it!

kay, now I need to make more yarn.
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010 01:21:07 PM »

Those are so beautiful Nesse!

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010 01:37:56 PM »

I love your funky hats! all of the handspun gives so much texture!!


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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010 02:50:40 PM »

The yarn and the hat are both beautiful!!

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010 04:58:34 PM »

What beautiful hats!
The colors are just stunning...I'd love to spin some yarn someday. It makes all of your projects that much more special Smiley
Very nice work!

« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010 05:05:38 PM »

ooh, fluffy.  I love the colorway!
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2010 08:20:12 PM »

wonderful hats and wonderful handspun yarn!! I love the colors in the first hat. What do you use as the core of your corespun yarn? I've only tried it once and it wasn't big and fluffy looking like your yarn.

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Bon, there's a "Learn to Spin-Along" going on if you're interested Wink

UF, I use this really ugly fine-weight, boucle-type yarn. my mum bought bucketloads of it when she was obsessed with her knitting machine and thought she was going to make a sweater with it (it's not the most flattering colors and not very soft. annnd she only used her knitting machine a few times before casting it into the shadows Roll Eyes ) I also spin from fluffy batts and don't allow too much twist into the yarn. I can't seem to figure out how people make their corespun so thin and even. do you spin with roving, and add tons of twist?

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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2010 08:03:20 AM »

The one time I tried corespinning I used crochet thread as the core and fiber from a batt. Maybe I need to try it with thicker yarn as the core in order to get big and fluffy corespun yarn.

« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2010 11:11:41 AM »

I'm so tempted to make a video tutorial for you, but I think I'll just go find one instead...

have you seen JazzTurtle's videos? this one might help. she talks about how the amount of fiber you draft onto your core, determines how thin/thick your yarn turns out. and how treadling less allows for a fluffier yarn Smiley

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