…by the magic of spinning.
I’d originally been envisioning spinning it as a chain-ply, but never got around to it. Then at Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law asked if I might make her a hat like mine:
That’s a Norie Hat, without the lace bits, from my handspun Hello Yarn Falkland (in “Broken Things”). This hat has been in heavy rotation for me this fall, and my MIL was taken with it. I told her I could make her one but the colors would be different because I didn’t have enough of that yarn left to make another hat. She was fine with that, so I went stash-diving to see what fiber might be a nice choice for a hat for her, and I came up with the Polwarth in “Troll.”
I am super-pleased with how it turned out.
I did a basic two-ply, mostly matching up the colors, with some occasional barber-poling for transitions. I ended up with 312 yes DK weight 2-ply.
I enjoy spinning the toothier wools (think Shetland, Falkland, Corriedale) and the longwools (think Wensleydale, Romney, Masham) a bit more than I like spinning the fine wools (think Merino, Polwarth, Rambouillet), but it’s certainly hard to beat Polwarth for softness.
And the colors! Adrian worked her usual magic here, and I couldn’t be happier with how these colors played together.
I’m still dedicated to spinning at least ten minutes a day, and it’s remarkable how that simple discipline can affect not only my output (i.e., yarn production) but also my mindset and sense of well-being. I am never not amazed that I can actually create yarn – and I’m never not grateful for the effect spinning has on me, the way it seems to connect my head, heart, and body. It’s a remarkable craft.