I was gifted the most special of yarns.
Keri (of whendidibecomeaknitter) sent me a skein of her hand spun.
It was sent with a knitted dalek and a Canada Mug (which I use most mornings and I now know most of the words to Oh Canada) and a very precious skein of her own hand spun yarn! From the date on the original photo it has been in my stash since 2013 just waiting for the right pattern to come along.
Well in the end I devised the right pattern.
After casting on 5 stitches I repeated the following two rows.
Row 1: Knit 1, Knit front & back, knit til last 3, knit 2 together, knit 1
Row 2: Knit til last 2 stitches. Knit front & back, knit 1.
Then every now and again I would do a row of yarn over knit 2 together (while following the increase at one end, decrease at the other pattern).
It still needs blocking to even out the 4 rows of yarn over-knit 2 together to end the shawl. But the kittens have stolen my craft room and so now I don’t know where to block anything.
It’s also awkward given my blocking matts have become their scratching pads.
I really don’t want to put such a pretty shawl onto a cat scratching pad!!!
Firstly it was awesome to be gifted some hand spun yarn! It must have taken so long to spin and ply and wind. Seriously just the effort alone is awesome and a wonderful gift.
Secondly as a novice spinner it was really interesting to see the imperfections, the quirks, and idiosyncrasies of yarn that has been hand spun. This isn’t to say that it wasn’t fantastic quality, because it was and is! But seeing hand spun up close is going to help my own spinning (once a part is fixed on my wheel).
So not only did I get a lovely gift which resulted in a fantastic finished object, but I got a lesson in working with hand spun yarn.
Reason #7482929 knitters are brilliant people.
THANK YOU KERI!!! You’re the best!!!!