Knitting, Spin the yarn

Spin the yarn, knit the shawl

16437241043_23365bf50e_kIt is finally done! A shawl I started working on in September. The reason why it has taken quite some time is not because the pattern is particularly hard or boring. The reason is because I spun the yarn myself.

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It all started with 4oz of Polwarth Combed Top from Phonenix Fiber Co in the colorway Cherry Blossom. Once I had spun that I knew I had to make a shawl.

I searched for a pattern that could fit, and got a lot of help from some of my podcast viewers. I ended up choosing the pattern Piper´s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle. Once I had decided on that, I wanted some neutral yarn to make the applied edge. So I bought some undyed Polwarth from Hipstrings and spun that too. The shawl hibernated while I got around to spinning, plying and caking that. Once that was done, I had to get the urge to continue knitting on it. And finally the urge came! The result is a huge shawl, knitted a bit bigger than the pattern says, because I wanted to use as much of the colored fiber as possible.

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The shawl is knitted on 4.0/US6 Knit pro Nova interchangeable needles, which worked well with this project. The total weight of the shawl is app. 190grams.

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For those of you who is wondering if you should try spinning, I have to say that you really should! The act of spinning is really meditative, and the feeling one gets when knitting with a handspun yarn that YOU made is hard to describe! Such a great experience!

noste

Lena

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