Northern Lights Handspun

I finished spinning this yarn up at the end of my Winter Break, but I’m just getting around to posting pictures now.

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It started out as the December 2012 Spunky Eclectic Club Fiber, and as soon as I unwrapped it out of the package, I knew what I wanted to make: more handspun socks.

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The fiber is Falkland – a great all purpose wool that is easy to spin up and feels super soft in the skein.

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(12 WPI/288yds/4oz)

The socks are currently on the needles. They’re a great project to have now that I’m back at school so I can squeeze in a few rounds between classes and other commitments. I can’t wait to cast off so they can warm my toes!

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Butterfly Tank In Progress

My latest design in progress started out as this:

And is now looking more like this:

I’ve finished ten inches on the body, and I’m hoping to have it done within the next week or two. Stay posted for more updates!

In other news, the voting for the June/July Designer’s Challenge has just opened up HERE (poll is at the bottom of the Ravelry thread). Please go and vote for your favorite top, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. There are a lot of beautiful entries up this time!

FO: Pondering Kiwi

I finished what just might be my favorite sweater to date!

This sweater started out as only 1 skein of Miss Babs Yowza – Whatta Skein! in the colorway Kiwi that I purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool 2011. I had stopped by the Miss Babs booth and had decided to try something a bit out of my comfort zone – this green. I loved the color, but I tend to wear a lot of blues or greys so I wasn’t sure if it would look good on me. After finishing this sweater, I’m glad I took a chance. I really like this color for a change, and it’s perfect for spring!

Details:

Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza – Whatta Skein! – colorway Kiwi – 1 skein

Pattern: Something to Ponder

Size/Modifications: I knit the size stated in the pattern, 33″ chest, but I got gauge at 4.75sts/inch to make it fit me a bit better (34.5″ chest). I used waist increases and decreases (3 sets of decreases worked every 6 rounds and then 3 sets of increases worked every 6 rounds). I also lengthened it a bit by working 8 repeats of the allover cabled eyelet pattern.

I love this sweater. The Miss Babs Yarn is comfortable and soft without being too hot for a shortsleeved top, and I love the richness and depth of the color from the dyeing. I wish I had made the sweater a tiny bit longer since I have a long torso, but I completely ran out of yarn. It’s long enough, though, and I can’t wait to wear this more in the fall. I can already tell that this is going to be a sweater I reach for again and again.