While going through my stash in my stash busting mode, I came across my first hand dyed, hand spun. Three bulky bright orange skeins of merino yarn (12 oz). It is still in there despite my many attempts to incorporate this yarn into, well, anything.
I was reading Claudia’s blog; The Knitting Blog by Mr. Puffy the Dog, and she had an idea to make a shawl for visitors in her home. Our house is always on the chilly side, and I thought that was a excellent idea. Adding a bright wrap for visitors would be a welcome item indeed!
Before dye After dye post, see post here
I finally decided that a big pop of color in the Baktus scarf would be pretty, whether under a coat, or over a summer top to keep the chill off, a super bright touch of orange would be perfect.
I choose the Lacy Baktus version from Strikkelise on Flickr.
This was a quick and fun project. I forgot how wonderful it is to knit with hand spun yarn. Since the yarn is bulky, I think the size turned out to be just right. Not too bulky to wrap, yet very warm. I would knit this again in another yarn.
Yarn: Handspun, Koolaid dyed (see post here) 12 0z bulky
Needles: size 11 US
Now I’m off to find more patterns to knit up my hand spun with…
From The Big Crafty, 55 Free Shawl Patterns to knit and crochet
This Ravelry link show pattterns that require 100-300 meters of yarn (109-328 yds)
Cosmicpluto has this simple yet effective shawl pattern
Knitted Lace Ribbon Scarf from Veronik Avery, published in Knitty spring 08
Crow Prints Shawl from Silverrose Knitting, OK this is for twice as much yarn, but I love it