I finally finished my very first handspun shawl! I spun this yarn about two years ago, and started knitting this shawl in June. It got sent to hibernation for a while, but now it’s done!
Pattern: Garden of Alla
Yarn: my own handspun, from Gale’s Art BBFL roving, in colorway ‘Stormy Sea’
(see below for more details on the yarn) – spun in November 2008
Needles: US 5
Started : June 3, 2010
Finished: November 2, 2010
Modifications: I only made one modification, if you can really call it that. I did the alternate lace edging that’s available on Ravelry, but I had to tweak the chart a bit because I stopped on a different row than the available chart indicates. (I was going to run out of yarn otherwise!) I also added 4 extra lace edging rows as well.
Here’s how I spun the yarn:
(Gale’s Art BBFL Roving – 8 ounces)
I had a shawl in mind for this roving from the beginning, and I wanted to preserve the color progression. So I knew I needed to try to get as much yardage as possible out of the roving. I divided the roving in half lengthwise, and predrafted both at the same time, very slowly, so the color changes were mostly consistent between the two.
I then spun up singles out of each half, very thin and with a slight over-twist. I then plied the two singles together – starting from the same ends to keep the colors together.
I ended up with about 620 yards of lace-weight yarn.
It was very satisfying to finish my first major project with my own handspun yarn! (I did a hat and couple small things before this, but I don’t count those. Well, and I did one other handspun shawl just recently, but I can’t show you that one yet.) I’m extremely happy with the final result.
Happy Knitting (and Spinning) everyone!