And now the Enchanted Mesa is finished.
I'm still spinning for the Kyoto Maiko striped Windward scarf, which seems never ending. Since my yarn is thicker than fingering weight, it's also a much heftier scarf than the pattern intends. But nearing the end, so we shall see.
Meanwhile, I've gathered a big pile of yarn to make an Enchanted Mesa sweater (Ravelry link). This pattern caught my eye a while ago, and looks very fun. People have done all sorts of interesting things with it, including handspun and various weights of yarn. So I made a pile of handspun + sock yarns + other random bits.
And before you could say "Shouldn't you finish that other one....?" I cast on for the Mesa. It is definitely fun so far.
Meanwhile, I finished another sweater which showed up in the blog as a WIP.
There are always a lot of things going on in various groups on Ravelry. It's hard to keep up, actually. But once in a while I follow through with a challenge or a SAL/KAL.
This one began with an interesting idea for spinning stripes: you spin individual colors, wind them off into small center-pull balls, and then ply those balls to themselves, adding one to the next, which results in clean stripes.
Themes were given, to search for images as color inspiration. One theme was Japan, and I went looking for kimono colors, and ended up in a very beautiful set of Kyoto geisha images. One in particular caught my eye, incorporating a classic mix of strong and muted colors particular to Japanese kimono fabrics.
I decided to work from these colors, and set to spinning.
I liked the way these spoke to each other on the bobbin, and ended up striping them in nearly the same order in which they were spun, although the method allows for rearranging.
Happy with the yarn, I chose a scarf pattern called Windward, (Ravelry link) by Heidi Kirrmaier, which has a great, semi-chaotic look to it when done in striped yarn.
So far, it's very fun, and the stripes are playful but sophisticated.
.... and after many months, and many skeins of yarn (I had to spin and ply 6 in total), I finally have a finished scarf. It's huge and soft and will be good for a cold climate.
A simple handspun scarf that will highlight three different yarns. The pattern is See You! and it's an innovative detour from the standard triangular shawl. I'm always amenable to mindless garter stitch, and the opportunity to group three handspuns together makes it interesting as well as stash-busting.
Two of the yarns are mine, and one is from Naomi Ryono, aka knotty handspuns. I began with Naomi's beautiful singles.
The second yarn is spun from a Yarnwench wild card bling batt (oh yeah), called Array. I've just joined this bit and started the second section.
And the third yarn will be my New Year's 2012 spin, from a wooldancer batt and miscellaneous other bits, spun on my Ladakhi supported spindle (phang).