FO: Handspun Headband, or Sad Orphan Handspun.

I recently started spinning. Because I’m new at it, and like to ply my yarn, this leaves me with a lot of orphan skeins. Very pretty, slightly bulky, less than 100 yard skeins.

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One of my favorite Etsy shops is FatCatKnits. I love to buy roving on Etsy ’cause I get beautiful, hand-dyed stuff there. As much as I try to branch out, I keep on going back to FatCatKnits. I love her color choices, the saturation, and the roving itself. For some reason, colors that I wouldn’t normally choose talk to me (like, right now, I was going there so I could link it to you, and now all I want is this lovely roving called “Wide Western Sky.” It’s blue and red and brown. Have you ever seen me knit anything that didn’t have at least a little green in it? Crazy!). Anyway, I spend far too much money there, and keep on buying roving from her (Oh! But this one wants to come live with me too!).

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Anyway, I spun up this lovely and squooshable roving called “Cobblestones” (again, not my typical colors!). I tried my best to maintain a nice even tension, and a consistent weight (I was looking to ply it into a heavy worsted weight, so I was aiming for something around DK, I think?), but it was one of my first times spinning on my wheel and before I got the double treadle (which lets me spin much more slowly), so it’s much more of a DK to a bulky weight slubby single plied together. There are a few strands that are just perfect, but overall it’s a kind of bulky lumpy “designer yarn,” as all of the beginning spinning books and websites call it.

Close-up of Handspun Headband
Color not accurate (but oh that texture!)

I’ve gotten a bit better – I overspun this a little too much in the thinner portions, and I don’t think I knew how to properly prepare my roving, either. Anyway.

I decided to make it into a hat. I cast on 80 sts on my trusty US11s, and started with a good inch or so of 2×2 ribbing.

And then I realized I was not going to have nearly enough for a hat.

Close-up of Handspun Headband

I worked about an inch in plain old stockinette, then switched back to the ribbing. I cast off loosely, wove in the ends, and I had a super warm, super stylish, handspun by me ear-warmer/headband.

Handspun Headband

I’ll put it away till the winter, where it might be given away for the holidays, or it might take up residence on my head.

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Some people get home from work and relax a little. I take pictures of myself wear wool items in 85 degree weather.






Progress Shots: Dan’s Aran & Noro Scarf

Dan’s Aran

I put it aside for about a month, but once I picked it up again, it was like I had never put it down. Two days off, some DVRed Knitty Gritty and OnDemand bad movies (John Tucker Must Die? Awful.), and the second front was done! Per the directions, I kept the stitches live and did a three needle bind off to the back, forming a nice strong seam (and less actual seaming for me later!). Later, I’ll go in and pick up the button bands and collar.

Dan's Aran: First sleeve started

The sleeves are knit down from the armholes. I picked up the stitches, and started in with the seemingly endless seed stitch. And that’s where I am now. It’s a little bulky, but still so satisfying to knit. I just LOVE the cable on the front (I’m a little sad that all of the major cabling is done for the sweater, as the sleeve only has a simple four stitch cable down the middle).

Dan's Aran: Sleeve in progress.

Noro Scarf

You may remember when I had a bit of yarn blow-out in Boston a few months ago. This Noro Kureyon [Colorway #182] was from that. Inspired by the beautiful Noro Striped Scarves I found browsing Flickr, and, more specifically, this scarf from Brooklyn Tweed, I wound the three balls of Kureyon into one giant center pull ball, and then started knitting, alternating two rows in 1×1 rib from the inside and outside of the ball. I slipped the first stitch and last stitch of every other row purlwise for a nice, even edge.  I’ve got a few yards left and just a handful of rows to finish it up, but I just can’t seem to do it.  It’s very odd.  Excessive photos follow.

Almost done.

See?  Look how little yarn is left!  I could have that pesky scarf finished by now!  It’s a shorter scarf, as it’s only three skeins.  I’m using US8s.

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Noro Scarf Close-Up

Noro Scarf Details

Isn’t it cool how the colors look next to each other?  And it’s all the same yarn!

What have I been up to?

Well..

I’ve been crocheting.  My former boss Jessica taught me, and I love the granny square.  I’m not too good at the other kinds of crocheting, but the granny square?  Love it.  These are squares for an afghan for Lindsey & Ben, using TLC Essential Solid in orange, yellow, and red.  Swapping up the colors as I go.  Still got a long way to go, but I can knock one of these out on the commute into work.  Instant gratification!

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Granny Squares...

And I’ve been working.

And not so much knitting.

Did I ever share this blocking picture of my flower basket shawl? It blocked out beautifully.

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Pre-Blocking

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Blocking in Action
Blocking in action

Pictures must be taken of the progress on Dan’s Aran (onto the sleeves!), as well as some pretty handspun yarn.  Maybe tomorrow?  We shall see.