Inspiration for Fall Knitting and a Prelude to Crazy Spun

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Hello knitters! If you’re anything like me, fall doesn’t signal a return to the knitting needles. I can never stay away from my needles long. Rather, knitting takes on a new perk as fall begins to roll around: the cuddly, warm comfort of indoor activity.

So to celebrate the new season I’ve come up with a few ideas for your knitting queue. This also doubles as a forecast for what is to come as I develop patterns and ideas to share with you. Feel free to let me know which ideas look delightfully knitable to you!

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This fun little number was made from handspun yarn with 50% new materials (homegrown mohair on a small fiber farm) and 50% upcycled cashmere from an unraveled sweater. More details will be coming soon as a part of my fall set.

 

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I love to add a touch of glamour to my knits so I keep a vigilant eye out at thrift stores and antique shops for old buttons and bobbles. These little gems really sparkle on the backdrop of handspun yarn. Plus they were economical additions! I find its a far better deal to buy a small ziplock of vintage beads than a pair of new ones from the craft store.

 

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My favorite mobius by far, I can’t wait to share with you the story of this cuddly knit.

Yarn cred for these knits goes entirely to my mother, Lesley Hanson. She’s a gifted spinner who has provided me all the material for these fun creations. All photos in this post were taken by the talented Jacob Barber.

Until next time, I hope you are excited for what is to come.

Happy knitting!

 

 

For the Love of Yarn

Hello Knitters and Spinners!

Welcome to my new blog. This is a space dedicated to knitting and designing for handspun yarns. I absolutely love homespun yarn. Maybe its the connection I have with the spinner or the knowledge that whatever I make is 100% homemade. Or perhaps, it could be my compulsive love of fiber animals and amazing natural fibers.

Whatever the case, and whatever your experience level I invite you to join me.

This blog will feature inspiration for knitting with the challenging and rewarding medium of handspun yarn:

  • Original patterns (for free, of course)
  • Projects great for handspun
  • Knitting book and magazine reviews 
  • Interviews with master knitters and spinners
  • Glimpses into the spinning, dyeing and knitting process
  • Farm tours
  • All you’d like to know about luxury yarns

I do hope you will return soon for our first installment. Happy knitting!