Handspun Loveliness

When knitting took off again at the beginning of the 2000s, I was often found drooling at handspun yarn.  It was so pretty, so eclectic, and, unfortunately, so expensive!  I did buy a skein or two here and there, made some fingerless mittens, and the like, but I really mostly stayed away.

That’s why it is so satisfying to be able to make my own beautiful handspun now.  I present Pigeonroof Studios sw merino/cashmere/nylon blend in the Malarky colorway. It started like this (the package on the left)

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and in process looked like this, using my favorite Asciano Spindle:


And my little sample made my heart flutter:


But the whole 4 oz spun up is just amazing:


So, I’m looking for suggestions on what to make (not socks!). I’m thinking maybe a Multnomah Shawl (rav link), but I have so many shawlettes, are there cowls, hats, other patterns that might work? Leave suggestions in the comments!

While I’m not officially joining tour de Fleece, I’m thinking of working to spin up 1 oz of tussah silk that is handdyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm – never done 100% silk, and it would be a challenge! Am I crazy?

2 replies on “Handspun Loveliness”

Oh, that’s a very pretty cowl – but my yarn would never show up all the beautiful patterning. But I think I’ll keep that in mind for x-mas gifts.

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