What handspun surprised you the most when you first knit with it?
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.
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.
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!