I opted out of the Tour De Fleece this year on Ravelry simply because I don’t have the time to spin, well, I do have the time, I just decided to sit this year out. Last year I did participate in this fun event and ended up with a few good skeins of workable handspun.
Before the tour began last year, I warmed up my wheel by spinning up a gorgeous braid of fiber in a lovely blend of 75% Blue Face Leicester and 25% Tussah Silk in the colors of pinks, creams and browns – rather reminded me of a chocolate covered cherry. This particular braid was part of the Springtree Road Fiber Club last year in the colorway Tumble.
I was so happy that I achieved 260 yards of DK weight, almost light worsted weight yarn. Now this skein of handspun has been sitting in my stash for a year because I couldn’t find just the right pattern for it until I discovered a very unique and ingenious design by Carina Spencer called Zuzu’s Petals. When I saw this pattern, I knew I must knit it using my Tumble.
I have to say that Carina’s pattern is a quick knit project with step by step written instructions that includes a chart for the lace pattern. If you love shawls and cowls, this project is so fun and it is sure to please.
I enjoyed knitting my handspun so much, that I’ve decided to knit a fun set by fellow designer, blogger and fiber friend, Anne Podlesak, a.k.a. Bunnyspinner on Ravelry. Anne’s Blenheim Roses Cowl and Mitts appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Spinoff Magazine and I instantly fell in love!
For this project I will be using my own handspun from last years Tour De Fleece, a 100% BFL in the colorway Secret Garden from the Springtree Road Fiber Club, for the main color and Springtree Road Philomath Worsted in the colorway Atia, a dusty rose. I think these two colors will look yummy together!
You can follow Anne’s adventures on her blog, How The West Was Spun, you can find more of her designs online at Ravelry and you can purchase her gorgeous yarn and fiber in her online shop Wooly Wonka. Anne is also the co-editor of one of my all time favorite online magazines, the Ennea Collective.
What fiber do you have on your spindle or wheel?
What projects are you planning with your own handspun? Please share, I would love to know!
Until next time, happy knitting, spinning, crocheting and crafting!