Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Chapter three

In keeping with what seems to be the current theme, I made another Traveling Woman (Ravelry link) shawl. This time some of my handspun called to me.

Traveling woman handspun1

Specs:

Yarn spun in February 2009 by me at 15wpi.
Roving from Spinner's Hill. via Dizzy Sheep, was 8 ounces of Corriedale-Finn Ramboullet cross in Fall Colors.
Yardage available was somewhere between 650 and 680 (depending on whether you believe the count off my knitty noddy or my yarn meter, neither of which are spot-on accurate) and I have about 50 yards left over.
Needles size US7 (4.5mm).

Cast on Wednesday evening. Cast off Sunday morning. Did I mention that I love this pattern? Yeah, I got a little obsessed with knitting it this time, but then who wouldn't?

I did five repeats of chart A before the final chart B.

Finished size is 72"x28" and I love, love, love it.

Yarn from this fiber is not particularly soft, but it does make for a very warm and durable garment. I gave the whole thing three soaks -- once in Eucalan, once with some hair conditioner, and once with a bit of vinegar because some color was still coming off the fiber and because protein fibers tend to like the little bit of acid vinegar brings to the party. The resultant bloom in the fibers softened things up quite a bit, but it's still not a next-to-the-skin fiber for me, which is just fine.

This one I'm keeping for myself.

Traveling Woman handspun closeup

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Love, love, love! Can't wait to see it on Wednesday!

Shelly said...

Ooooh, that's so pretty.

Ann said...

Love the colors!

Cindy, aka Maxfun said...

Thanks for the compliments! I'd write to you each individually if Blogger let me see email addresses.:)

Oh, and to the anonymous comment spam person? Bug off!