On with the story…

After my knitting related bruising earlier in the week I decided to get on with a project that can’t go wrong, and with one that is a big one, but a good one.

Firstly, I have started using the first bit of yarn that I spun. You can tell I hadn’t spun anything before – it’s pretty knobbly and uneven and I thought it wouldn’t be good for anything. Then I decided it is good enough for something low key. Which is to say, a cushion cover for a car cushion. I get a sore back sitting in the car and also got myself a new pillow last week so I have an old pillow and three small skeins of knobbly wool. The kind of project that can’t really go wrong, given that my plan is to use what I’ve got even though it doesn’t really all go together and do my own design because this item is going to sit in the car and when it’s being used you won’t be able to see it anyway. It is not destined for a glamourous life. It’s been really satisfying to knit with what I’ve spun and has also given me the opportunity to see what unprepared yarn straight off the wheel is like. Bits are clearly over spun and there’s been no washing to even things out. Makes it interesting to knit with and the effect is fairy uneven but that’s ok, it’s a car pillow…

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I made up the design myself. There’s not much to it…

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For a first ball of hand spun, I’m really quite pleased with how it looks…

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…but not nearly as pleased as I am about how this looks:

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This is my first skein of yarn made from my hilltop cloud roving, two ply and a pretty thin weight, not sure how thick. A rough estimate of yardage is around 350 yards, so with less than a third spun I reckon I have plenty for a jumper, for a jumper is what I have planned.

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I have prepared this one, giving it a good wash yesterday and hanging it out to dry. Next to wind a ball and then to swatch. That lesson has been learned…

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