Knitting with my Handspun!

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This week I finally finished spinning for the Yarngasm Podcast D-SPAKAL – yay! Spinning 400 meters with a drop spindle, constantly experimenting the amount of twist, fiber and way of drafting have taught me a lot. And knitting with the finished, washed yarn feels so special.

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The yarn is very fluffy and springy and the fabric it knits up to has lots of character. The goal with the D-SPAKAL was to make a shawl or other neck warmer from the spun fiber. I decided on a cowl because I never made one before, except smaller, collar-like ones. I thought the rustic feel of the yarn would look good in a fabric with characteristics similar to the shawls of Shetland and I decided on making the cowl entirely in the Old Shale stitch pattern. The cowl will be long enough to wrap two laps around my neck and I think it will be super warm! I just hope the yarn will be enough…

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I have also knitted socks, trying to incorporate a new element each time. I realized on the first pair of socks how hard it is for me to follow a sock pattern, socks are such a personal thing and I guess every knitter have their preferred way of doing things.

The first pair of socks I made using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in the colourway Chili, it contains 35% BLF, 40% other wool and 25% nylon. I started by following a pattern called Cakewalk Socks by Knitting Pirate. It is a simple sock made top down with a heel flap. I really liked the twisted rib and I think I will continue using it for future socks. What I wasn’t as keen on was the stitch pattern for the foot, a k3xp1 rib. I really like the simplicity of it but it didn’t work that well with the yarn I though. In the end I chose to do a 2×2 rib with a braid every sixth row. I also made a reinforced heel-flap with the Eye of Partridge stitch, it added a very beautiful detail to the socks.

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The second socks are made from  a self striping yarn that was on discount in my local yarn shop and though it would be perfect for trying out the afterthought heel which I never done before. The yarn is called Heart and Sole by Sirdar yarns with a four stripe repeat in blue, purple and pinks. This was a very nice knit, super simple and easy and I looked forward seeing the colours change.

Next technique I’ll try out will be the Fish Lips Kiss heel!

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