Handspun Hat

I picked up some fibre at the Weave Spin Dye Guild meeting a few weeks ago in This is Knit, and I’ve been working away on it ever since.

handspunI spun four little 25g skeins on the drop spindle I got from Hilltop Cloud, and plied them to themselves.  My father had been complaining about his inability to find a hat big enough for his head, so a Christmas present was cast on.

handspun hat2Just a basic, straightforward hat based on my Dad’s head and my tension. I ended up having to go up to a 5mm needle with the handspun, it was thicker than I expected. The hat is pretty dense, the fibre probably slightly overspun.  But that should be good for a snowy Canadian winter, right?

handspun hatI took a lot of time with the spinning, working hard for some consistency. It’s nowhere near perfect, but I’m pretty happy with it. And I know my Dad will appreciate the amount of work that went into it. Now I just hope it fits.

Oh, and I know photos of hats flat on the table are a bit boring, but it just doesn’t fit my little model 🙂 Next time I’ll blog about a hat more her size!

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Knit and Stitch!

It’s here, it’s here! Today is the first day of the Knitting and Stitching show at the RDS in Dublin. I did seriously consider taking a stand this year, but in the end it was too much to take on at the moment. Maybe (hopefully) next year! But I did get asked by the Weave Spin Dye Guild to supply them with some hand dyed hand knits and some yarn.

dublindyeThis isn’t just any yarn though, it’s special Guild yarn!

spin yarnThey asked for a custom colour, based on their logo. Special, just for them. And who am I to say no to any colour request? So they have their own yarn now, with their logo on the label and everything.  There will also be a limited selection of other colours (mostly Swing Sock) at the guild stand all weekend (stand C60, along the back), so be sure to check it out and say hi if you see me. I’ll be there on Friday, I might get to show off my newly found spinning skills.

handspun

I’ve become a little obsessed. S Twist will be at the stand too, maybe he’ll give me some pointers 🙂

First time

I finished clue 3 of my follow your Arrow Saturday evening (a very exciting weekend), and instead of going to another project I decided to give the spinning a go. spinning

This took an awfully long time, and it’s only half the fibre I have to spin (some leftovers not big enough to sell). I have no idea if my yarn is over or under spun, or how to ply it, or anything really.  But I made some yarn… I think!  Any tips on resources for what to do next?

Weave, Spin, Dye

I was at the AGM for the  Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers last week. It’s… possibly not the place to be if I don’t plan to learn to spin. I say that, because I came home with this.

spindle roving

At the end of the meeting, one of the guild members passed me a drop spindle. I’d made a comment on Twitter about a bit of extra roving from my last dye session. It’s only 25 grams, so not enough to sell really.  So it’s been decided for me that it’s time. I’m going to have to learn to spin.

Oh and thanks Cathy, it’s just the push I need 🙂