Oh, 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.
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.
Verdict: 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…