Crochet Handspun Shawl: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Life, the Universe, and Everything is an attractive and cozy handspun shawl. I stitched it using handspun yarn and a free, easy-to-follow crochet pattern.

Life, the Universe, and Everything  is an attractive and cozy handspun shawl. I stitched it using handspun yarn and a free, easy-to-follow pattern. The Crochet Shoulder Wrappers group on Ravelry is a very active, friendly, and energetic group of crafters. They have at least three crochet-alongs (CALs) every month, and anyone can participate. It’s a fun way to discover new designs and enjoy the crochet community. Plus, if you need help at any point in the pattern or are interested in advice on how to change something, there’s a community of people to help you or offer opinions. I participated … read more

Crochet with Handspun

Using my own handspun yarn has made some of my crochet projects even more enjoyable and rewarding.

Using my own handspun yarn has made some of my crochet projects even more enjoyable and rewarding. Single-ply lace weight This delicate scarf was made with baby suri alpaca yarn. Pattern: Alpine Frost Scarf Designer: Amy O’Neill Houck Source: Interweave Crochet Two-ply worsted weight This winter sweater for my thin-furred dog was made with merino wool yarn. I made it to fit her specifically so there’s no pattern written up for it, but you can see more photos in this post. Chain-ply (three-ply) dk weight This vest was made with merino wool yarn with … read more

Warm Pup Sweater

We have an active dog, but her small frame and thin fur sometimes leave her shivering! This pink pup sweater was crocheted to size using handspun wool yarn.

This crocheted pink pup sweater was stitched to size for my little dog. Mila loves to go anywhere we go. Even though she stays active, her small frame and thin fur sometimes leave her shivering! I chose pure wool for her sweater, so she would still be warm when she gets snow-damp. I’m not sure how this bright, fun, extra-girly colorway came home from the fiber shop with me, because it’s so not my style. But when I was looking for the perfect fiber in the perfect colorway for this project, I had no success. … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 4 includes my further progress as a new spinner.

Part 4 I feel like I’m making progress as a new spinner and things are going pretty well. I’m starting to move beyond the park-and-draft method of having to stop the spindle to catch up with the drafting. I’ve been trying to spin a little every day, as suggested for beginners to really get the rhythm down. I’m still inch-worming along a bit, but working on drafting longer and longer sections. My speed and consistency are improving. Pictured on the spindle above is some corriedale wool roving that I plan on making into a 2-ply yarn. Here’s … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 3 includes my first finished two-ply yarn.

Part 3 I’ve finished spinning my first 2-ply yarn. Spinning the dyed combed top with my light drop spindle, I got the singles as thin and uniform as I could. It’s still taking me some time to get the rhythm and consistency down. I spun two singles and wound them into balls. I love the way the singles turned out, and the colors were so fun to work with. However, attempting to ply seemed to catch me off guard, and I didn’t seem to realize how unprepared I was for it. In hindsight, maybe I should have twisted the … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 1 includes an introduction and resources.

Part 1 I’ve been itching to try handspinning my own yarns. My fiber addiction finally got the best of me. For too long I’ve drooled over others’ handspun yarns. I’ve fondled wool fleeces, fantasized about color combinations. It was time to try it for myself. My man made me a small and simple drop spindle, a bottom whorl with a hook at the top. I’m going to have him make me a slightly larger one as well. I also made myself a wpi (wraps per inch) gauge so I can measure the thickness of … read more