I have some handspun FO's to show off for once! I have been knitting quite a bit, but most of it isn't finished quite yet or needs to be blocked, or isn't really worth showing. I'm sure you all know the feeling. But I spun a lot during Tour de Fleece and some before, so there was plenty of handspun to play with. Both of these are Hello Yarn handspuns, which is, honestly, all I really spin anymore. It's not that I don't appreciate other dyers, I just have stocked up a bit of HY and I am on a no-buy for awhile, so I've been stash diving. As usual, details about yarn, yardage, and etc. can be found below the pictures and on Ravelry.
Pattern: Inspira Cowl by Celery Stalks
Yarn: Hello Yarn targhee handspun, Malabrigo Arroyo
The first is a cowl, or, more specifically, the Inspira cowl. After seeing Adrian's amazing Shelter and handspun example, I knew I had to make one of these. I have been wanting an over-the-shoulder cowl for awhile to extend some of my thinner t-shirts into fall, and the best part is that it looks just as good simply draped as it does over my shoulders. My sister loves it so much she has decided she wants one for Christmas, which is a huge relief to my pocketbook, because she had previously stated that she preferred to have a year without knitted gifts.
Yarn: HY shetland handspun 'Bustle'
The second FO is a cowl, of sorts, or rather, an infinity scarf. This is pretty much the simplest thing to knit ever. You knit a scarf that is roughly 4' long, graft or sew the ends together, and then style it however you please to create something loose and draped. It is warm and especially fantastic with a cardigan, a loose sweatshirt, or a fitted sweater.
I'm hoping I'll get lots of wear out of these two pieces as we head into fall. It was a lot of fun to do this photoshoot because it was also a photoshoot with my sister as a model for a Malabrigo Blog post and pattern by Linda Permann. She designed a cardigan for the company to show at Stitches Midwest 2011's fashion show.