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Friday, 8 March 2013

Knitting up my own hand-spinning yarn.


I chose this pattern to knit up my hand spun merino yarn. I liked the front panel pattern and the fact that it is short-waisted, like me. I need a jumper that stops at the waist, to look the most flattering. I have very wide hips, like Beyonce! (yeah right!) and long jumpers don't suit me.  It is hard to find a pattern that does me justice. I must be the only one in the world with hips this wide!

One of the problems with hand spun yarn is that you don't really know how much you've got!  I don't have a counter so I can estimate how much yardage and short of using a tape measure, I'm a bit lost. So far I've done it by weight, but since I'm new to hand spinning, I'm still experimenting.

I decided that if anything I was going to be short so I've knitted the back, front and sleeves up to the armhole and no further. I figured that I would definitely have enough yarn for that and if I run out, I can buy something similar to finish it off. Contrast might even be better. Then I'll have a different problem to cope with, that of the thickness of the yarn, not the length. I'll worry about that when I come to it.
Time for another picture:

This is the back, up to the armhole and waiting patiently on a stitch holder to be finished.



This is how the front panel knits up.




I'll be back to show you how I'm getting on later.

In the meantime, sometimes I knit up a scarf...