So first is a ta-da moment ... my finished handspun, hand knitted, felted bag. The fibre was dyed (not by me) in Monet inspired colours, spun on two bobbins and plied together with the a gradient effect of lighter shades to darker shades. The yarn was than separated into two balls of equal size to knit a circular bag using up all the yarn for the circles.
A contrasting fibre was spun to knit the gusset in a plain colour so as to get the maximum of the Monet yarn in the circles. I had the perfect fibre in my stash for this.
Yarn for gusset of my bag
Here is the bag pre-felting.
Knitted bag awaiting felting
Finished felted bag and close up below
Talking of knitting projects, these were in the bag but now off the needles and ready to be gifted to a friend.
Now the project in the bag is a hat for me using this handspun yarn from some fibre received via a Ravelry Secret Santa swap. The tale of this knitting project is that because it was a hat I thought it might be wise to break with my tradition of not knitting swatches and knit one to check the gauge was good for a good fitting hat. Well. Never again! My gauge was perfect for the pattern, I picked the correct size for my head but after knitting a while it became evident it was going to be huge! So it was ripped back and re-sized.
In spinning news, I've been busy with the wheel at home and out and about with the Guild demonstrating. I have some of the blue yarn left over from knitting the gusset to my bag, and more of this fibre to spin soon.
Bobbins of spun singles
Another fibre spun and on bobbins was this purple/blue mixed blend above, but rather than just plying these together I wanted to spin a grey fibre and create a 3 ply yarn for a project this year. So I picked up some Shetland grey and set to spinning that up to ply with these bobbins. I spun the Shetland at Mottisfont Abbey for a country fayre day with the guild.
Spinning position set up next to Peter Ginn!
Plying a 3ply yarn
Spinning Jacob fleece
Fibre shades and bobbin on the wheel
Keeping busy spinning and knitting x
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