Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ambitus 2 & 3

I always thought my handspun was so special I had to keep it around for a while, before I can knit with it. Well no more! I want to knit with it right away, if possible. I've knit two neck warmers with my handspun, which I use more than anything else. I love this design by Lankakomero. It's Ambitus neck warmer. I've knit three so far, and I'm sure I will be knitting more in the future.

Ambitus # 2 was knit with handspun from fiber dyed by FatCatKnits, called Grant Tetons, ~ 215yds of 2-ply, 12 WPI, 4oz BFL. I did not like this colorway while spinning it, that's why I made a fast thick/thin yarn, but once I've knit with it, I thought it looked O.K.
I ran out of yarn before I could make the size according to pattern, but it's big enough. I only got up to row 24 before I could bind off. I used 3.75mm needles. I started it on December 11 and fnished it the next day.


Ambitus 2

Ambitus # 3 was made with superwash merino fiber, which I received as a gift from Marianne of Picperfics's Fluff-N-Stuff.
I've got ~ 392yds of navajo plied yarn, more than enough for this pattern. I LOVE how the stripes repeated themselves in such a nice manner. I would not have choosen this colorway myself, but I'm glad I got to spin and knit with it. It's cheerful and so soft!
Again I used 3.75mm needles, and knit the full pattern. I started on December 13 and finished it the same day. It's addictive and fun to knit, and warm and cosy to wear.

It also showed me again how fun and special it is to knit with ones own hand spun yarn.
If you are on ravelry there will be more pictures to look at on my project page. So with this, back to the spinning wheel, where I can't wait to finish spinning soft merino fiber for a 3-ply yarn. Back soon!


Ambitus 3

20 comments:

RC said...

brilliant! I love the colors and have marked the pattern in Ravelry.
that is a great idea using your handspun like this... you have totally inspired me!

Frieda said...

They're both gorgreous , but I'm partial to Ambitus # 2 , the colours are beautiful . Nice !!!

Sheepurls said...

These two are just beautiful. Especially the one that was knitted from FatCatK. Woundeful colours. I will use the pattern for my handspun, too, it is perfect pattern to keep my daughters neck warm.
Best wishes, Petra

momsue84 said...

Wow! I love the colors of all that handspun. Beautiful!

Toby said...

I've been telling myself the same thing about my handspun. Not that I have a lot of it, but what I make from hear on out I want to KNIT into something!

Love the neckwarmers - what a great way to add color to an outfit.

pat said...

I LOVE knitting with handspun - so much more fun...I can't seem to let the yarn even rest for a few days before starting to knit with it. I really like both of your cowls - the striping in the 2nd one makes me realize I need to learn how to n-ply! Going to check out the pattern right now...

knottygnome said...

i too love knitting with handspun. there's just something about it that makes it really special.

i love the stripey neckwarmer especially. i'm getting ready to chain ply a yarn that's been dormant for awhile. hope it turns out as well as yours did. :-)

Dreams of Yarn said...

WOW #3 turned out gorgeous with those perfect stripes! Lovely job on the spinning and the knitting!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Both are pretty but I think I lake the second one the best!

sgeddes said...

Beautiful!

Makes me want to get out the wheel and the needles. I'm hopinh to have a little time in a couple weeks to start a project.

Susi Knitchicks said...

Einfach wundervoll - beide. Ich hab das Muster auch schon gefaved :)

LG Susi

Susan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for a neckwarmer pattern just like this one for a while. Yours using your handspun are lovely!

Sharon V said...

Your neckwarmers are beautiful! And you are right about knitting with your own handspun. It's your yarn from beginning to end.

Päivi, Lankakomero said...

You have spun wonderful yarns again! Have a very happy new year 2010!

Virginia said...

They're beautiful! I love the Grand Tetons one.

hannah said...

These are so beautiful! Colourful and nice!

hakucho said...

I LOVE your neckwarmers. Very beautiful and I bet very warm :)

happy new year and happy knitting :)

illusions said...

Lovely, I wish I could wear one right now, have a terrible soar throat!

Knatolee said...

Love these beauties!

T-Mom said...

Oh, NICE! And what gorgeous colors!!