Now just one more baby Parker picture. These are his little feet wearing a pair of the "handknit by Nana" alpaca socks I pictured yesterday. (Don't you just love how they are able to be in this "frog legs" position?) And to give credit where credit is due, the alpaca roving I spun into this yarn came from Lindy at Seldom Scene Farm. There's a link to Lindy's blog on my sidebar (Loco Life of Lindy) and a link to her etsy store on her blog site. She has some incredibly soft alpaca yarn and roving. I am anxiously awaiting the first harvest of my own alpaca fleeces in just a few months and am thinking I will do some blending of the alpaca and the BFL fleeces to get a truly scrumptious spinning fiber.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Handspun on view
My friend, Mary, sent me this picture yesterday. She knit this scarf for a friend of hers for Christmas and I absolutely love it (and apparently the recipient does too). This is exactly how I imagined my thick and thin handspun singles being used. Mary says it is a variation of The Eleventh Hour Scarf that is on The Purlbee post from December 19th (a great source of free patterns). With Mary's permission this is what she did: using size 17 needles, hold two strands together and cast on 11 stitches. It's knit in moss stitch (knit 1, purl 1 across the row) with fringe attached on each end and she used about 150 yards of each yarn. The finished scarf is 6 1/2" x 68" (not including fringe). I really love the look of my bulky handspun in moss stitch. I've knit several items from it using garter stitch, but I think I like this moss stitch look even better. Thanks so much, Mary, for sharing. It makes me feel so good to see something wonderful made from my own yarn!