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  • knitting1105 4:54 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    A tale of 2 sock yarns 

    When I first started spinning I had dreams of making fine yarn for lace knitting, fair isle and socks.  My abilities were not as quick to develop as my ambitions.  After a few months of spinning, I was confident enough to take some fiber from Socks That Rock, and spin for sock yarn.  Then I tried to knit socks with it.  So, it has languished in my spinning punishment pile for quite some time.  I have recently started going back to those early yarns to use them up in quick to knit winter outerwear.  And these came to mind for some fingerless mitts for the cooler dog-walking days.

    I have developed a new appreciation for some of the earlier, less than perfect spins.  The pattern is my own improvisation.

    And I recently completed knitting these socks for Dan.  The fiber was spun by me, from Fiber Optic. It is a pencil roving, and a dream to spin with. It was spun with the intention of making socks for Dan, and then when I saw this pattern in the CookieA sock club, I knew that it was a perfect marriage.  My spinning is much finer a year later, and while not perfect, I am very proud of it.  They are incredibly soft socks, superwash merino and silk, so I added some reinforcing thread to the toes for wearability.

    Pattern: Reykjavik
    Pattern Source: Cookie A’s Sock Club 2012, June pattern
    Yarn: handspun from Fiber Optic pencil roving, color: Black Coffee
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 9/?/12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: Men’s size large

    • Mrspeterson 8:53 pm on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Tell Dan to watch out on the El– I hear there is a band of sock thieves stealing beautiful handspun handknit works of art off the feet of unsuspecting commuters.

      And by band of thieves I mean myself of course. Seriously, those are just gorgeous. I like the mitts too!


      • knitting1105 3:24 pm on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I have alerted him to protect his feet if he sees you on the train!


      • Mimi 4:34 pm on November 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        So far I’ve just sock-stalked him with my eyes but I can definitely see making the leap to actual sock theft for these. Nice work!


  • knitting1105 9:34 am on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , handspun yarn, polwarth wool roving,   

    Yarn Pride 

    I am so proud of this yarn.  I finally feel worthy of spinning up some of my better fibers.  This was a destash from a fellow Raveler, 4.2 oz of Polwarth from Woolgatherings, no colorway listed on the sleeve:

    I split the roving lengthwise 8 times to get a better drafting fiber:

    So, when it was plied, the colors are very blended.  I love how it came out.  And 554 yards!!!  Let me repeat that, 554 yards.  Enough to make a shawl for myself.  I love the colors.  There is only one section where I have a blip of larger spun singles.  I chose to just leave it in, as I think that it will even out in the knitting, and give it that handspun look.

    It is also a well-balanced yarn.

    Now for a great pattern that uses that yardage…

    • Mimi 6:44 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      So awesome! You did such a beautiful job on this. Can’t wait to see what you knit up with it!


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