handspun baby belle.

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Yesterday Boh and I began winding the yarn I spun specifically for baby belle, an adorable baby sweater by cosy of cosymakes.

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I cannot get over how cool it is to see my handspun in yarn cakes. The yarn is superwash BFL (so soft!) from AVFKW in the Pointillism colorway.

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Although the pattern is written for a main color and a contrast color, I decided that I’d rather have the yellows blend into the pinks and greys, instead of alternating between the two. I started using 8s, but the fabric was just a little too open and sloppy, so I went down to size 7s, which are just right.

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I do have a baby in mind for this sweater. I’m knitting the 6-month size, in hopes that she’ll grow into it as winter approaches. I was up late knitting this — I just couldn’t put it down until I separated the sleeve stitches from the body — and now I’m going to knit a few more rows with my second cup of coffee before I head to campus.

spinning for something.

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So I’m spinning for something. I’ve been eyeing cosy’s adorable baby sweater for awhile now, and I was thrilled when she posted that she needed some folks to knit these out of handspun. Though I have a large bag full o’ my own handspun, I decided that this might be an opportunity to at least try to knit with a particular pattern in mind, so I dug through the fiber bin and came up with some Verb superwash bfl in the pointillism colorway, which is 2 oz. of lovely yellows, and 2 oz. of pinks and purples.

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I decided to preserve the colors, so I split the pink and purple piece into 2 parts, lengthwise, and plied them together.

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Here it is, hanging to dry. The pattern calls for 8s, so I’m aiming for a worsted weight, which I’m hoping will plump up and help me get close to the called-for gauge. It looks like I got about 100 yards out of the first 2 oz., which sounds about right. I’m planning to spin and ply the rest today so that I can get started!

Also, I snapped a picture of Mr. Boh, resting atop the comforter.

boh and laundry

This dog really loves laundry day. As you can see, we’re aiming for a mixture of restful and productive on this last day of the final weekend before the semester starts!