Homespun, Handknit for the Holidays
This is my first project in my own handspun yarn. (well, I don't count the three rows of spindle-spun singles I used on the cuffs of the spicy thrummed mittens I did earlier this year or late last year...)
Yarn: Handspun (by me! Woot!) gorgeous red-dyed Portland wool from Spirit Trail, purchased at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, 2005
Pattern: "Classic Mittens No. 615" from "Gloves and Mittens to Knit and Crochet for the Entire Family," women's size
Needles: US Size 4/3.5 mm double-points
Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch
Thrums: Montadale roving dyed red to coordinate with the yarn. I used Kool-Aid and cake icing gel for the dye.
Knitted in the Warms Hands knitalong. Yay, Sandy!
Me = Happy, happy, grin, grin. Warm Hands. Pretty red, yummmm. Love, love, love.
Some notes: The yarn was pretty darned ok. It got better as I went along in the spinning, and therefore in the knitting. However, it all knitted up at a pretty even gauge and looks nice and even in terms of texture. There are a few places where it tightens up or makes a little indentation line because that row or two was a thinner or thicker yarn, but overall I think it's pretty good and balanced, for a first project. I realized for the first time as I was taking the picture of the inside of the mittens that the second mitten's thrums are, shall we say, less generous. I didn't realize as I was knitting them that I was making the thrums any differently than the first, so it's possible that they might fluff out more with wear, since the first one has been put on and off my hand several times already, and the second one has not. I cannot discern a difference when they're on my hands.
Ok, bring on the cold and snow. I'm soooo ready.
Happy Holidays, everyone!