Sophie’s Handspun Windschief

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When Tour de Fleece came around this year I wanted to spin in solidarity with other fiber enthusiasts around the world, though I was too late to sign up for a team. My hands were already full with knitting commitments, but I made time to spin one of the many rovings (and tops and rolags) I’ve had sitting around on the shelf for months. I went with my roving of Malabrigo Nube in the colorway “Diana,” which is probably one of my favorite Malabrigo colorways. By the way I do all of my spinning on a Schacht Flatiron.

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Being a spinning “nube” (gotta make use of those puns when graced with the opportunity), I attempted to spin fine singles and failed. Instead I ended up with a fingering/sport mix. While my spinning consistency has greatly improved, I have not yet managed to spin one bobbin-full of a single yarn weight. When I can one day spin beautiful fine singles to ply for socks, I will be dancing on the rooftops.

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I plied together my thick-and-thin-ish singles, which resulted in a lovely worsted weight skein. My friends on Instagram thought a hat would be best, so I searched through my queue and decided on Windschief, a West Knits pattern. My daughter loves the colors, so she became the obvious recipient. The yarn is a tad busy for the pattern, but Sophie didn’t want a plain knit hat, and I didn’t want to knit one either. It’s a good thing because this pattern was fun to knit!

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Of course Sophie had to have a pompom, which I am always thrilled to make. If I didn’t feel they are a waste of expensive designer yarn I’d make pompom garlands weekly and string them throughout the house.

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Handspun Kitschy Kat

Yesterday I whipped up my first toy made from my own handspun yarn, and I could not be happier with the outcome!

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This kitty pattern is called Kitschy Kat and is authored by Susan Claudino. (Yup, one and the same author of Figaro, which I just finished a couple of weeks ago.) You can purchase and download the Kitschy Kat pattern from Ravelry here.

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This merino wool fiber is from Hey Lady Hey in the colorway “Moon Boots.”Β There is nothing better than that teal and orange with pink, purple lime and blue nuances. It’s HEAVENLY. Being a newby spinner, I can’t yet get my plied singlesΒ any finer than a thick-and-thin worsted weight, so that’s exactly how this handspun turned out. Even so, this type of yarn has its uses and frankly seemed destined for a project like Kitschy Kat.

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Since I was working with handspunΒ I had to make a couple of adjustments to the pattern. To see my notes visit my Ravelry Kitschy Kat project page here.