Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Handspun Dragonfly

I finally did it! I took the plunge and started spinning some of my hand spun yarn. I really wanted to highlight the first yarn that I ever spun, which is super chunky, but I knew that I did not have enough yardage to knit something out of it. I realized that this yarn would make perfect dragonfly wings!

When I wound my handspun yarn into a ball, the ball started with the wool that I spun first, much lumpier and less
consistent than what I managed to do at the end. (The amount of improvement over 73 yards is amazing!) I therefore decided to rewind it into a second ball with the more even yarn in the middle. I would rather that this dragonfly feature as much of my lumpy yarn as possible. Thank you, Keith, for being a very patient swift for this project!

The purple handspun had 38 g before I started knitting, 31 g remain after I knit the body. This yarn has about 12 wpi, so according to my tool that would make it a DK weight. I knit this project on size 3 knitting needles so it would be tight enough to hold the stuffing, but still show the unevenness of the yarn. About 1 yard of the white hand spun consumed.

The wings looked great unblocked, but I wanted them to be a bit thinner. I therefore pinned the dragonfly upside down to make the wings longer and leaner.