A few weeks ago I handspun a skein of Blue Faced Leicester and promptly forgot where I had stored it. Consequently, when I spun another one this week it was a different weight entirely. The first one, which later turned up, was definitely an aran weight and the second one a double knit, so when I come to knitting it into something I will have to be a bit creative! Despite the difference in size, I am really pleased with how they turned out. They are every bit as soft as merino, BFL is tougher, it has an incredible lustre that is missing from merino and it is British. I still have plenty more breeds of sheep fleece to try but I know I will use BFL again.
I hand painted these two skeins in the same pale lilacs, blues and greens so that they can be used for the same project. What project that will be, is yet to be decided. At the moment I am just enjoying looking at them. They are very pretty – and shiny.
Earlier I handspun some pre-dyed Corriedale fleece into a double knit in shades of pale pink, dark pink, salmon and cream. Corriedale is very fine and soft (not quite as soft as merino) and these colours have worked well together. So I decided that this handspun wool would be knitted up into something for myself. It was a bit of a dilemma deciding what to make from it and a curly scarf Rustic Potato Chip won out, but I will probably spin up more to make some gloves or a hat, or both. Probably both! (Assuming I ever finish the scarf. It is really easy but really time consuming with lots of short rows.) This was a free pattern from Ravelry. I might have said it before, but I love Ravelry.
I also knitted some fingerless gloves this week, not with my own handspun but at least they have been finished.
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