15 February, 2010

Handspun Shawl

I have been spinning for just over a year now. I have a lot of little skeins of yarn that are not big enough for a project on their own, so I decided to put them all together into one project. I had planned to make it for the Ravelympics, but I had itchy fingers and cast on early. I pulled it from the event I was in and just knit for fun.

This yarn


Turned into this on the first night of knitting

Beginning of shawl

It went very fast and I forgot to take more photos in the middle, so here is the finished shawl blocking

Hand spun shawl

I decided not to block the edges hard so the ribbing would cause a bit of a ruffle.

Hand Spun Shawl

I didn't use a pattern but here is what I did:

Cast on 5 stitches and knit for 10 rows
Picked up 10 stitches and knit a row, placing markers after 5th and 10th stitch
k5, yo, k5,yo,k5
Purl back
k5,yo, k to marker, yo, k5, yo, k to last 5, yo, k5

and I repeated these rows until it was the size I wanted then changed to a 3x3 rib for 2 inches adding yo's on right side rows

I then added stitches to make it a 5x3 rib so the edge would ruffle and knit for another 4 inches.
I was afraid I would run out of yarn, so I loosely cast off. I do have a small bit of yarn left from the last skein.

I have also been knitting on the project I did enter into the Ravelympics, Team Sasquatch, a Swift Sak.

Swift Sak

I am 12 inches in have just started the 2 ball of the striping cotton. I hope to have this done by Friday so I can cast on my sweet nothings for the Knitting Olympics and finish the Sgt. Scarf for Team Michigan.

I have been watching the Olympics on TV between doing homework for finals week. Not really enjoying NBC's jumpy coverage, but it is better than nothing. I love the Olympics and what they stand for. Hope you are also enjoying it.


Heather said...

Kari, the handspun shawl is AWESOME!!!! What fiber is the shiny blush-colored ball in the top right corner???? I love how the finished product turned out. It was a great idea that I hope you don't mind if I borrow it!!


Coggie said...

Go for it! The fiber you asked about is camel/silk. SO YUMMY that is why I put it next to my neck in the shawl.