Fireside Warmth Mittens and Spinning Samples

I finally figured out what I want to do with some beautiful handspun yarn that I finished last year. I decided to make some mittens because I only have 50g of it and I want to make it into something that I will touch a lot since the fibre content is quite luxurious (Merino, silk and cashmere). Of course, me being a bit crazy and adventurous and since I had a centre-pull ball I decided to knit them two at a time from the tip of the fingers down to make sure they match and I use as much of it as I can.

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I’m kinda just making up the pattern as I go along but it seems to be working out pretty well so far.

On a different but still spinning related note, I sample spun last night for the first time. I spun up a bit of brown coopworth wool which I think is destined to become a pair of mittens for my boyfriend, which for the purposes of this blog I will be calling Bilbo, hopefully in time for valentine’s day. I was aiming for a worsted weight single but the thickest I could seem to make it after working on spinning fine for so long was at best sport weight and its very thick and thin. I think I’m going to knit a small swatch and see if I like it and go from there, maybe I’ll change my mind and make a 2ply instead.

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The second thing that I sampled last night was this beautiful blended top that I got from Hilltop Cloud a while ago. It’s called Ynys Mon (this should be a link to the page on etsy of the top) and it’s from the Hiraeth collection an it’s got merino, Shetland, mulberry silk and baby alpaca in it (note: she is restructuring her shop so its half on her website (under Shop2) and half on etsy still). I decided to try spinning it from fauxlags just for fun and the sample I spun was from just two fauxlags. I quite enjoyed spinning the fauxlags but I need to figure out a better way to make them. I was able to spin it surprisingly thinly and the sample above is chain plied and is probably still fingering weight. I’m not sure what I want to do with it yet for knitting or spinning I think I need to put some more thought into it still, but it was fun to spin the small sample.

Does anyone have any good ideas for how I should spin the Hilltop Cloud top into and what I should knit with it after?

2 thoughts on “Fireside Warmth Mittens and Spinning Samples

  1. Your mitts are lovely. I think gloves and mitts that aren’t too bulky are more useful. The cashmere will guarantee warmth, surely? I don’t spin so can’t offer anything wise there.

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