It’s taken me awhile to accept that my handspun yarns are not horrible. They aren’t fantastic – I still have a hard time getting them consistent in twist and thickness – but every skein is a little better than the previous one. I’ve got a shelf for my handspun yarns, and it’s too full to stuff more into so I figured I’d better start making stuff with the yarn so that I can keep spinning. (especially now that I have such a pretty new wheel!) I consider myself an advanced beginner spinner, totally self-taught, and always working on getting more consistent singles.
But you know what? My yarns are not that bad. I can’t yet spin for a particular project (see above note about consistent thickness), so I just spin a batt or length of roving and get whatever kind of yarn comes off the wheel. (I’m a bit cavalier about my spinning.) Mostly, my yarns are around a DK weight, sometimes a worsted, and yardage is all over the board. Since I usually only buy 2-4 ounce amounts of fiber, I’m not expecting sweater-quantities of yarn; a skein or two (sometimes three) is typical of any given fiber that I spin. These are well suited for small projects.
And what continues to surprise me is that a skein that looks uneven, too loose, or has the occasional lump quite often knits up into a lovely fabric that disguises all those spinning ‘flaws’ that kept me from using my own handspun for so long.
I have a gift wrapped up that I knit with a wool yarn I spun last year. It was a bit lumpy, but I held the yarn double and it became a cozy hat that I think the recipient will enjoy (no pic, gotta keep it secret).
On Sunday I cast on another project with handspun; it’s also a stealth project, but here’s a pic because the recipient will never ever guess what it is at this point:
(the egg shape is intentional. Yarn is two-ply wool, and is actually a burgundy color.)
And this morning on the train I cast on yet another project with my handspun yarn; this time, the yarn is wool and silk and has a lovely drape and slight sheen from the silk content.
There are also two large, lofty skeins of handspun in rose and pale purple calling my name; I think they’d look lovely made into a soft, bulky cowl of some sort.
Someday I’d like to be able to spin enough yarn to make myself a sweater, but for now I’m perfectly happy making small projects that highlight the character of the yarns I spin.