If I spin cookie crumbs into my alpaca, does that make it novelty yarn?
Why do I ask? No reason . . .
Do you find the spinning is easier on your wrists? And have you tried switching back and forth between hands? Do you find one more comfortable and productive than the other?
Spinning is a lot easier on my wrist. It’s my right wrist that is giving me pain, and I’m lefthanded, so my left hand is the one doing the work. (But actually the wrist is feeling a bit better today.) I haven’t tried switching back and forth between hands — for now I’m just sticking with what works!
I did spin up two-thirds of the chocolate brown alpaca that L-B sent me. She got it at Holly Spring Homespun, by the way, and it’s great fun to spin.
Noro Transitions Fun
I finished my Noro Transitions scarf that I started a week or so ago. I had three skeins of Noro Transitions, but discovered that I could make a scarf that was plenty long enough according to my standards, complete with fringe, with just two skeins. (The pattern I used, you may recall, is the multi-directional diagonal scarf pattern available free online. Google and you’ll find it.)
So I used the third skein to knit a hat.
I made up the pattern as I went along. It’s very fast and easy — you can knit it in an evening or two, and it would make a great last minute gift. One size fits most adult heads because it’s quite stretchy.
Want the pattern (such as it is)? Here you go!
Noro Transitions One Skein Hat
Cast on 72 stitches on US size 10 double pointed needles, join, and work k3 p3 ribbing in the round for 10″.
Next round: (k1, k2 tog, p1, p2 tog) to end of round. 48 stitches
Next round: k2, p2 to end of round.
Next round: k2 tog, p2 tog to end of round. 24 stitches
Next round: k2 tog to end of round. 12 stitches
Next round: k2 tog to end of round. 6 stitches
Cut the working yarn, leaving a couple of inches. Finish off by threading the yarn end through the 6 remaining stitches and pull tight. Secure the end of the yarn on the wrong side.
Liam Sizing Question
I nanswer to a comments question on Friday, Liam is available in finished sizes 40″, 44″, and 48″.
This is actually the first thing I knitted from my handspun — a little bag to put potpourri in. The bag is knitted from wool/silk blend and the handle and edging is Rowan yarn leftover from my Fern.
Lucy almost never messes with my yarn, but she loves her handknitted catnip mice. No doubt the aroma of catnip is what lets her know what can be considered her toys!
I decided to try posting my blog entry in the evening instead of first thing in the morning. Just for a change.