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!

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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

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14 Comments

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I adore handspun and am in awe of anyone who can make laceweight handspun. Off now to check out Boo Knits :)

    • Prepare yourself. I feel like those shawl are like potato chips, and if I knit one, I’ll knit them all.

  2. Lovely yarn it makes me think of cotton candy (yum.) I think the shawl will be a great pattern for that yarn. I look forward to the week of handspun!!

    • Thanks :D It’s ended up being much more than a week, and I still have much more to go!

  3. that yarn is a gorgeous color! and the pattern is perfect. (: my friend just gave me a hat made of handspun alpaca and it’s exactly like you described – so soft and silky, but sometimes it has attacks of the pricklies.

    • It does that! but it’s so lovely, we forgive it for all its sins.

  4. Love the pattern you picked out, but love, love, love the gorgeous yarn!

    • Awww, thanks! I feel like the yarn and pattern are a match made in heaven :)

  5. Natalie Doyle-Hennin

    I know nothing replaces practice and skill, but what kind of spindle do you like to use for “everyday” use? Your yarn is begging to be squeezed, which I can’t do through my computer screen, alas…

    Cheers,
    Natalie

    • I use very lightweight spindles from Tina’s angoras on etsy! They’re super cost effective, so I have several. I also have a heavier ashford spindle for when I want a thicker yarn.

  6. You can’t go wrong with that pattern, I finished mine last summer and it’s still one of my favourites. So lovely. Your spinning is beautiful!

    • Thank you! I’m still learning a lot with every spin, and it’s fun :)

  7. So lovely! Someday I hope to try spinning. Looks like a lot of fun!

    • You should try it! It’s incredibly fun and soothing.

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