Archive | March 2015

Quest for the Right Mitten Pattern

In my previous post, I had talked about some commercial yarn that I had plied with a singles of my handspun. I got it back yesterday. The next part of the challenge is to make the yarn into a finished article. I have chosen to knit mittens. I think I shocked the group seeing as I usually have a crochet hook in my hands at 6 hours a day. While I enjoy crocheting, I’ve got the knitting bug. I did a pattern test a couple of months ago for some knitted mitts and the bug bit me.

I’m thinking that I would like to combine the yarn I did with black. I think it would look sharp. There is already a lady in our group making Newfie Mittens, so I want to steer away from that (although I think they would be beautiful with my yarn combined with black).

I know I want to use black to bring out the yarn. I’m sort of at a standstill though. A lot of the colour work mittens are for lighter weight yarn. I may also just play around with my stitch book and see where it gets me. Oh, the choices. It’s almost overwhelming!

I’m open to suggestions if anyone has any. Thank you!

Handspun Meets Commercial

In September, each member of our little spinning group was given a 3oz bag of Romney fleece. We had the option of dyeing it (you know how that went for me!). We were then to spin it up and ply it with a commercial yarn. I chose Schachenmayr Regia Fluormania Color in Neon Rainbow. I love the weird looks I got when I bought it and then when I showed it to the other spinners. They were polite, but I could tell the wheels were turning. My inner thirteen year-old was pleased with this choice hehehe

I decided to go with Cyan to dye my yarn. It was the one colour that I felt was missing. I figured that it may tone down the brightness too, without losing the vibrancy.

Before plying handspun and commercial - keepmeinstitchez.wordpress.org

The singles on the left is the Romney fleece that I dyed and spun. I then plied it with the fluorescent yarn on the right

And here is what I got… (the picture doesn’t do it justice, but it was hard to catch the colour inside and it was Arctic-warm outside)

Handspun plied with commercial yarn - keepmeinstitchez.wordpress.org

Handspun plied with commercial yarn

I was pretty thrilled with how it turned out! It was actually what I expected. I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with it yet, but I’m thinking mittens. I can’t wait to get it back and work with it! (It’s off being photographed along with the rest of the group’s projects).

This was a great experience! You get the best of both worlds with handspun and commercial. It’s an economical way to say that you have have handspun yarn in your stash.