This is an oatmeal Blue Faced Leicester dyed by The Thylacine and spun three ply by me.
It is rather fine, but I decided to knit a hat anyway and settled on one from Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the top, which is more of a concept plan than a pattern. Perfect for handspun. And then it turned out I could use the DPNs a friend surprised me by giving me a while back (I had helped her out with i-cord, and it was sheer pleasure, but I think that may have triggered the gift in some way). They are a rather unusual size, delectably pretty and perfect for the job.
While this hat was on the needles, I decided to cast on another in grey corriedale, dyed with eucalyptus and spun three ply and about 10 ply (worsted). I made a rolled brim hat from Knitting for Peace. Easy and fast. My picture taking was interrupted by our house guest, who turned out to be camera shy.
At about this point, there was a hiatus and that first hat sat on the needles until holidays rolled around. And then, there was an absolute outbreak that continued for some time after we returned from holidays. There were some with oddments of experimental yarns (some early corespun in this case).
Here is some handspun natural polwarth with some Noro sock yarn for contrast. Blocking wouldn’t hurt it a bit.
Indigo dyes, logwood exhaust dye, eucalyptus bark dyes…
Mohair, alpaca blend… you name it! I even used up random commercial black yarn.
I made some doll and bear hats. What else are oddments for?
Then came the day I cast on with some super thick, super soft eucalyptus dyed wool of mystery and stopped. Last night I managed to finish, finally. I lashed out and blocked this one just to show I can.
Most of these are Jared Flood’s Turn A Square. More or less. That first hat–I did finish it, and it was claimed by a friend while we were on holiday. I don’t think she would really want her photo on the interwebs, so you’ll just have to trust me about it being finished. However, half the skein remains so there may yet be a reprise. If I can ever bear to knit another hat! I am the person doing all these repetitive series of makes, and even I find it hard to understand…