Monday, October 19, 2015

Knitting: handspun boneyard shawl.


This shawl was one big surprise. When I spun the yarn, I was surprised by how much yardage (292 yards) of incredibly soft, squishy yarn I got from four ounces of Merino fiber. I was surprised that I found myself casting on for a shawl within a couple days of finishing the yarn. I really should have been knitting other things, but working on the shawl was so addicting. I was surprised when, less than a week after casting on, it was finished. And when I blocked it, I was surprised by how large it turned out (about 20 inches deep and 51 inches from end to end).

So I probably shouldn't be surprised that this is one of my favorite things I've knit from my handspun. I just really love how it turned out...soft and warm and striped and larger than I expected. It doesn't even bother me that the purple-ish shades almost veer into pink (and as I've mentioned before, I'm not a fan of pink).

I used the Boneyard Shawl pattern, though I didn't count rows between each garter ridge. They sort of disappear in the stripes of this yarn, anyway, so I just added one every so often. Also, the garter section at the bottom isn't as wide as the pattern says. I knitted until I ran out of yarn...actually I ran out too soon, with about 20 stitches left to bind off (another surprise, ha!), so I had to rip back a row and then bind off. Despite that, this was such an enjoyable project.

Ravelry project page.

8 comments:

  1. Holy cow! That turned out beautiful! The colors in that handspun are so happy :)

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    1. Thanks! I really love the colors. :)

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  2. This shawl is so, so lovely! I can't stop staring...

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    1. Thank you, I'm really happy with how it turned out! :)

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  3. wow, this is beautiful! you have spun great colored yarn. I also admire your knitting. I would like to try this pattern too...one day...maybe.
    Kristin, I finally have a new blog post about my summer dyeing ;-)
    http://calenndula.blogspot.cz/2015/10/prirodni-barveni-natural-dyeing.html

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    1. Thank you! It's a great pattern. :) I'm off to look at your summer dyeing post.

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