knitted: handspun shawlette (Damson)

for Rav: Handspun Damson, originally uploaded by earthchick.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is nothing like knitting with my own handspun! It is an exquisite pleasure that I cannot adequately put words to. Suffice it to say: I loves it!

I started with 4.4 oz. superwash merino hand-dyed from Pigeonroof Studios, in “Damson Wine.” This was an impulse buy when I was first learning to spin, my first chance at some Pigeonroof.
for Rav: Pigeonroof riber
When Ysolda Teague began releasing her Whimsical Little Knits 2 collection, the first pattern was Damson, and I am just geeky enough that I immediately wanted to make Damson out of my Damson Wine fiber.

I spun it up in early September and ended up with this:
for Rav: Pigeonroof Studios
456 yds. 2-ply, 20 WPI

It made me pretty much ridiculously happy.
for Rav: Pigeonroof Studios
I cast on almost immediately for the shawlette. As is the standard with Ysolda’s patterns, this was a delightful knit with very clear instructions. I did run into trouble though – two rows from the end, I ran out of yarn! I freaked out a bit, trying to figure out what to do. In the end, I found some sock yarn in my stash – Louet Gems, “eggplant” (won from Dave, now a fellow Schacht Ladybug spinner!, roughly 3 years ago). I wasn’t sure what I would think of how it looked, but I ended up being quite pleased.

for Rav: Handspun Damson
pattern: Damson by Ysolda Teague
yarn: 456 yds fingering handspun plus some Louet Gems for contrast
cast on: September 12
bind off: October 15
mods: none needed

This is probably my favorite thing I’ve made so far this year. I love it so so much.
for Rav: Handspun Damson

29 thoughts on “knitted: handspun shawlette (Damson)

  1. Lovely! Damson had not really caught my eye until now. And you’ve done an amazing job with that spinning tool. The yarn looks perfect in every way.

  2. Wow! I’m currently working on this pattern with a very BORING yarn…it’s not wonder I’m not inclined to finish. I think I should switch yarns. Yours is stunning!

  3. I’ll admit that I have fallen off the spinning bandwagon, but this has just made me want to pull out my wheel RIGHT NOW! Gorgeous work – both spinning and knitting.

  4. that’s lovely!
    i’m knitting Damson also (with stash yarn – Rowan felted tweed in navy) but you’ve inspired me to do another version with my own handspun…

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