Patterns for handspun part 4: Modular knitting patterns

So far in this series, I've covered different ways to make the most out of small amounts of yarn, combining it with commercial yarn, or combining it with other handspun. In this final post, I wanted to focus on patterns which could particularly show off the awesomeness of handspun. There are many great example of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 4: Modular knitting patterns

Patterns for handspun part 3: Layering garments

The likelihood that you'll reach your hand into the stash and come up with a sweater-weight of wool is highly unlikely. It's more likely to find you have enough for a shawl or a cowl, and that would be a pretty clear solution. However, how many shawls can you wear? I've already rounded up some… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 3: Layering garments

Patterns for handspun part 2: Contrasting yarn

I still can't seem to spin anything lighter than Aran/Worsted weight. So the yardage I get from a 100g braid of fibre is going to be pretty low. As I mentioned in my first post on Patterns for Handspun, Part 1, the obvious thing to do is simply search for patterns are 150 yards or… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 2: Contrasting yarn

Patterns for handspun part 1: Small projects

As I've been sampling and building my stash of handspun, I keep an eye out for patterns which would show off handpsun very well. So I wanted to make a round-up post of some of my favorite patterns. I'm breaking this post up into parts so it's slightly more digestible. I have a habit of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 1: Small projects

UK Fibre events: Spoilt for choice?

There's a thread on Ravelry which asks: have we reached a saturation point for fibre events in the UK? Currently there are 6 events with dates confirmed in the UK and Fibre events group on Ravelry. I am having trouble finding a record, but it looks like there was double that in 2014. Correction! @TravelKnitter… Continue reading UK Fibre events: Spoilt for choice?

Finishing my first handspun yarn. Beginner Plying!

party yarn! chain ply on left, two-ply on right

Plying is certainly one of those things that is much easier to understand when you try it. Right after I finished spinning my first handspun, I set about learning to ply. Plying has turned my random singles into.... *drumroll*... Voila: PARTY YARN I can't believe how lovely and FUN this yarn is. I don't have… Continue reading Finishing my first handspun yarn. Beginner Plying!

My 3 beginner spindle-spinning tips

Thick and thin

There are loads of good tutorials even for free on spinning with a spindle. I've also included links to good resources below. But I feel like these were some missing tips which I've discovered in my first weeks of spinning. Don't use dyed combed tops in a smooth wool or smooth fibre for a first… Continue reading My 3 beginner spindle-spinning tips