Friday, October 26, 2012

Handspun Shetland + Sweaters = Love

I am so pleased with how my latest handspun sweater turned out!!  Wanna see? 

Golden Wheat Cardigan

Here are all of the juicy details!

Pattern: Golden Wheat Cardigan by Veera Välimäki

Fiber:  Dyed by the uber talented David of    Southern Cross Fiber.   Shetland fiber in club colorways "Timber Wolves" and " Bamboo Forest".  I also used a natural Shetland as a third ply to stretch the Southern Cross and give it all a marled cohesive look.

Yarn:  3 ply Aran weight. Approximately 920 yards spun.

Spinning:  Spun on my Lendrum DT on the fast flyer (because I am impatient) at a ratio of 12:1.  This fiber had such a nice long staple length, I was able to easily do a supported long draw. 

Gauge:  14.5 sts/4 in on size 9 needles.

Here are some pictures of the fiber before I spun them up:
(L: Timber Wolves, R: Bamboo Forest)

Southern Cross Fibre - Timber WolvesSouthern Cross Fibre - Bamboo Forest

Finished yarn:


Golden Wheat Cardigan

I really love how this yarn spun up.  I have been in love with spinning 3-ply's lately since completing the Tour de Fleece.  I finished my Sheep 2 Shoe kit and my Hello Yarn sweater spin and they were both 3-ply yarns.  I really like the way it distributes the colors.

The yarn for this sweater is soft enough for me, but still  retains a little of the rustic wooly feel that I love about Shetland.  I know that this sweater will wear really well and stand up to a lot of use.  I think it will be just chilly enough to wear it this weekend!  ♥

1 comment:

LittleWit said...

I love your handspun sweaters. Another great one! :)I may need to try 3 ply sooner than later.