What handspun surprised you the most when you first knit with it?
A little thick and thin
For me, besides almost every time I spin a dyed braid (so many happy surprises), it’s thick and thin spiral plied yarn.
This yarn, I don’t know why, it makes me so happy. Spinning it, the yarn itself and the knitted fabric.
I remember knitting it for the first time and really feeling like I had made magic.
The looser gauge, the real lightness I can get if I’m minding my drafting. Bulky or fine-ish I like them all. Of course the semi solid or painted braid variations are my particular favorite.
Knitted and woven yummies
I’ve started doing a little weaving sampling with them too. Here’s are a chubby thick and thin spiral knit and a finer thick and thin spiral woven.
I love to be surprised by this yarn structure.
Dye Goddess (that’s Lisa Souza) Pullover. Photo by R.Ford from Yarnitecture.
And booooo to the people who say it can’t be used for anything ‘real’. I was thrilled to make a sweater out of thick and thin spiral yarn for my book Yarnitecture out of Lisa Souza’s gorgeous fiber.
I have a few other patterns in the pipeline out of this yarn.
Tell me about your surprising favorites!