Now that's a title that I can get behind! While holidaying we had a rainy day that lent itself perfectly to finally photographing some knits I've finished over the last few months. I persuaded the Giant to help and the result was some passable photos and the conclusion that he needs reading glasses. Shhhhhh don't mention the words 'age', 'mature' or 'inevitable'.
First up on the sessions was the Simple. hat by Alicia Plummer in 220 yards of handspun Falkland/ Polworth Silk blend. This was the first time I'd really worked with handspun and it's done absolutely nothing to quell my desire for a wheel. I'm totally committed to learning how to spin such delicacies. All I need is time and money. Yeah, I'll file those in the same category of 'don't mention' as the Giant's need for reading glasses shall I?
This was a quick and easy knit and the pattern worked well. My only regret is knitting too far on the deep brim. I got into sometihng of a rhythm and forgot to measure and now it's a lot snugger than I would have ideally liked. It's not the end of the world as nearly all my hats are slouchy but that's how I like my hats: slouched. I think it works though.
Further pics on Ravelry here.
Then there's the mitts that used up the rest of the handspun with some other handspun leftovers that I'd used for a blanket square for a lovely friend. It seemed fitting as she was the handspun connection here- NBK fibre, NBK knitted gifts, NBK blanket squares. If yo haven't discovered NBK fibres yet, I suggest you do!
The pattern was Easy Handspun Mitts by Vera Brosgol. It's a free pattern, available for download on Ravelry and is simple and easy to modify to diffrent weights/ lengths. It was just perfect for these handspun leftovers. I used up the Polworth blend on the ribbing portions and then used some Romney blend on the hands. They are pretty substantial! I think it must be the Romney content as well as using needles a tad too tight to make sure these wore well. I extended the length on everything to use up every last drop of yardage as well as make them as toasty as possible. Mission complete!
More pictures on Ravelry here.
I'd love to tell you more about that sweater right now too but the internet connection here is making me slowly lose the will to live. Instead, I'll promise to write it up this week too and upload the pictures when I have a gin in hand. Just kidding. Maybe.