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Yarn Art

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Handspun is sometimes created as a standalone work of art, other times as something that will go on to become a new creation by way of knitting, crocheting or weaving.

Painters sign their names to their works, but what about spinners? Many spinners develop a style that needs no signature to identify it as their own. Here are some works by spinners I admire for their creativity and sense of style. I’ll let the art speak for itself.

All photos are copyright their respective owners.

Sarah (BabyLongLegs)

Linda (StoneLeafMoon)

Vera (Verabee)

Velma (Velma’s World)

Naomi (knotty handspuns by knottynaomi)

Ravelympics – Yarn Finished

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Ravelympics - Yarn Done2

Fibre: Polwarth Top in “Green Tea” from Southern Cross Fibre
Spinning method: Woollen spun 3-ply from rolags (see post here for details)
Yardage: 2100 yards / 1930 metres
Weight: 39 ounces / 1100 grams
Yards per Pound: 920 ypp average (Heavy Worsted/Aran weight)

Ravelympics – Finally Knitting

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I feel like I’m finally making some progress on my Ravelympics project. Over half of the fibre is now spun and I have a pound of 3-ply Aran weight yarn.

I cast on the band of the Fog Sweater, but frogged it a few inches in because the band was curling. It has been a while since I’ve knitted such a wide rib and forgot how much long tail cast on can curl. I cast on again with German Twisted Long Tail cast on and it is looking a lot better. The band is done and I’m about to start the endless 1×1 rib of the body.

Ravelympics - Progress


Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Wow! Has it really been three months since my last post?

Most of August and September disappeared in a haze of dyeing and sweater-making in preparation for my holiday in the USA. I have quite a few sweater projects still on the wheel and a couple on the needles, but I managed to get a couple completed in time for my visit.

Peat Sweater

Pattern: Seamless Set-In Sleeve Sweater from “Knitting from the Top”
Yarn: Handspun Aran weight Superwash Merino in “Peat” from Hello Yarn 
Needles: 5.0 mm/US 8 and 6.0 mm/US10

Huron Sweater

Pattern: Huron by Jared Flood
Yarn: Portland Tweed from Classic Elite Yarns in “Espresso” and “Desert Sand”

The unfinished sweater projects will now likely hibernate until the end of summer.

In the meantime, it’s all about mittens! Stay tuned.