So what have I been up to over August? Mostly, knitting. It started to cool off a couple of weeks back – just at night, but down to temperatures that usually feel like early fall, rather than summer. I started to smell sweater weather on the horizon, and it got me going on a couple of projects.
First off, I finished the yoke on my Walpole.
It’s kind of looked like an ungainly, sweater-ish blob for the better part of a month. I bound off a couple of nights ago, though, and I am fully determined to get finished-sweater photos to prove it.
I also started work on my handspun sweater project. Specifically, I started with this fluff.
And turned it into this yarn.
Which then became this hat-in-progress.
The idea behind this is to swatch – I have a sweater pattern I want to spin for that calls for worsted-weight yarn. This test spin looks like the worsted weight yarn I want, but the swatch will tell me if that’s actually the case, and if it’ll knit up into a nice fabric at the correct gauge. This way, there’s a smaller chance that I’ll spin a sweater quantity of the wrong sort of yarn.
It is also really, really fun to be playing with fibre that I dyed myself. I did run into one or two spots that were a little felted, but fewer than I worried, and none so bad that I couldn’t spin them.
I haven’t finished the hat or blocked it, but even while knitting, this feels like the yarn I wanted.