Floating Bird

Last year I was lucky enough to pick up a bag of lovely fiber from the oh-so-hard-to-get Hello Yarn. The fiber was a wool/silk mix in the colorway Floating Down.

The bag I picked up was a whopping 20 ounces of ends so I was pretty sure I could get about 1000 yards of worsted weight out of it, or enough to knit a sweater. But when I started looking at patterns, one in particular jumped out at me, Snowbird by Heidi Kirrmaier.  And wouldn’t you know it, the pattern called for 1450 yards of yarn?  I mentioned my problem in a forum on Ravelry and a wonderfully kind spinner offered to sell me another 8 ounces.

So I began to spin.

And then I spun some more. Okay a lot more.

And when I was done, then I plied. A lot.

Then I knit a swatch… just to see if I was on gauge.

And I was spot on.

So then I began to knit. And knit. And knit some more. Towards the end I got a bit fearful about having enough yardage to make it through the project. I spent a few days frantically knitting faster (because you know that helps when you’re about to run out of yarn!) and then it occurred to me that I might have something in the stash that would help. And I did. I dug out some leftover Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu from a vest I made last year. The bamboo in the yarn approximated the shiny silk in the handspun and the colors were a match!

Finally, last week I was done knitting. And I don’t think I’ve loved any sweater that I’ve made more than this one.

The colors. The details. The pockets.

I love this sweater.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chery
    May 01, 2012 @ 23:15:23

    Beautiful!

    Reply

  2. TreasureGoddess Christine
    May 02, 2012 @ 03:32:33

    LOVE times 1000000000! Especially the pockets. Hello Yarn Fiber plus your spinning equals a truly lovely creation!

    Reply

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