The Week of Handspun!
Blog friends, I have so much lovely spinning that I really need to show you. I try to intersperse the knitting and the spinning for those of you who only come for the knitwear, but I’ve been spinning a lot more than I’ve been knitting lately, so I’ve got a backlog. I therefore declare this next week (or so) the week of Handspun! Where I will show you all of my treasures, and make you super jealous. Also, if you don’t want to see spinning and spinning related stuff, you don’t have to stop by for the next week :P I’ll miss you though. All you knitters should read anyway, because you might be persuaded to try spinning. It’s super fun! Amd even more relaxing than knitting, in my humble opinion.
On to our first order of business. Remember my dragonfly fairy wings fiber? I finally turned it into yarn!
This was entirely spun on my spindle. The suri alpaca was quite slippery, and needed a pretty tight twist to stay together. It’s not quite as soft as I would like, but is smooth and silky. I gave it a bath the other evening, and it did soften up quite considerably! I was worried that it would have too much of that “prickle factor” as some alpaca does. However, I think I’ll still easily be able to wear it next to the skin. I also spun it with a pattern in mind, and it is perfect! (even the name is perfect)
Dragonfly Wings by Boo Knits! I love all of the Boo Knits shawls. They are ethereal and graceful, little lovely gossamer wisps! They’re a bit whimsical as well, and none more so than this one. It’s as if it was designed for this exact handspun! Even the yardage is just about right. I can’t wait until I can wear this, even though I don’t know what it will go with at all! I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it :P