Finally a Handspun FO

DSC01391Oh, I have knitted with my own handspun, but it’s been a while, and it’s been ridiculously infrequent.   While I don’t have a photo of the fiber or the yarn in a hank, it appears I spun it in the fall of 2009 on my first wheel, the Heavenly Handspinning Bellus

It seems I never reported on the fiber to yarn process, so let me capture some of that now too.

Fiber:  Gypsyknits BFL, c/o Gypsyknits  Pure heaven.  If you haven’t spun with BFL, do.  It is a GREAT novice spinner fiber.  Its staple length (the length of each single hair from the sheepy-sheep) is long enough to not be too hard to spin, soft enough to be worn next to the face or neck, and even in a novice’s hands, it has sproing and a touch of loft.

Yarn:  Over-spun, under-spun, but roughly DK at 15 wraps per inch.    In reality, it ranges from laceweight to worsted.

Plying:  Navajo plied… the only way I ply unless I’m using an accent thread or something.   In plainer language, it is a 3-ply yarn.

Verdict:  For my first “real” effort with “good” fiber, it’s pretty impressive.  I’ve come a long way as a spinner, but this is nothing to be ashamed of.

Now, for the finished object report.


Paws to observe…

Project:  Handspun Tea Cozy Hat

Pattern:  Wooly Wormhead’s Tea Cozy Hat.   A great, simple pattern, designed to “vent” a high ponytail out of the top of the hat.

Yarn:  See above, but note that this photo is the most accurate on my monitor for the hues…

Needles:  Body of hat, US #8 16″ bamboo circular.  At least a size too large for most of the yarn, but I like a hat that breathes, so it suits me just fine.  #6 metal dpns used for crown decreases and i-cord. 

photo.JPGVerdict:  This hat will work for the ponytail-less too, but unless you have a long enough mane for a HIGH ponytail, this probably isn’t the design for you.  I’ll get plenty of use though because when my hair isn’t a in ponytail (generally a lower one) for dog walks, it’s in a clip of some sort, and those  don’t sit well under most hats either.

Yarn verdict?  I’ve dragged out more of my handspun still in my stash and I’m going to knit with it more often!  I do regret that I didn’t use but about half of the ball for this project, but luckily, I have a friend with two little boys who is willing to care for an extra-finicky handspun handknit hat.  If I knit it this year for the eldest boy, the two of them should get lots of wear out of it, right?

Now, to find the right projects for more of my handspun…

14 comments on “Finally a Handspun FO

  1. Sue says:

    The two look very different colors on my monitor but I like them both. Good idea for a long mane, not something I have to worry about. I need to knit soon. My fingers are getting itchy in need of yarn. I’ve been concentrating on cross stitch. Wish I could combine the two.

  2. Nichole says:

    Very cute hat! Pretty handspun!

  3. gmariesews says:

    That’s a charming hat! I really like it. I might have to track down the pattern and quickly knit one for Y for a giftee. I still have no desire to spin, but I think handspun yarns are fabulous. Enjoy the entire process. g

  4. kathy says:

    Very impressive, going from sheep fiber to yarn to a hat!

    Do you know the name(s) of the sheep(s) that contributed?

  5. Nancy says:

    You’ve been holding out on us! JL president, a dog-owner extraordinaire, a knitter, and now a spinner, too. What other talents are you hiding?

  6. AlisonH says:

    Love the hat! Okay, I gotta spin, I just gotta.

  7. Blond Duck says:

    My sister learned to crochet at my art show– one of the ladies there had made hats. But they were more of a beret than yours. I have a whole new appreciation for what ya’ll do!

  8. kathy b says:

    THat is a VERY Cool hat for a gal with a pony tail!!!! I love how the hanspun knit up. NExt in line will be ME if you need to find a wearer!!! ha ha ha I’d have to grow a pony tail though

  9. Katherine says:

    What a great hat!! I have knit with Blue Moon’s Blue Faced Leicester and I love it, but never with homespun. I am so in awe of people who spin their own yarn. Your colors are beautiful and my favorites. I have found it hard to sell my family on wool hats and scarves because they don’t want to be bothered to hand wash and block. They think I’m crazy because I enjoy that aspect of knitted wooly things.

  10. Walden121 says:

    Yarn and hat look great!

  11. Love it. One more reason you’re the modern equivalent of a “Rennaisance” woman. You do it all, and you do it well.

  12. Natalie says:

    That is awesome! Love it!!

  13. Awesome! 😀 I always enjoy seeing what people make with their handspun. I really need to get back into spinning, but that also means less time for knitting. Decisions, decisions…

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