I've been so busy this past week, didn't get to spin at all. I don't think this will change much. Taking care of a whole house, and keeping it clean, takes much more time, than the little space downstairs. Besides, cooking takes time too, and clean up after. All time NOT spent crafting. :o)
Anyway, I've got this fiber from my daughter for my birthday.
I didn't want it to disappear into the vastness of my stash, so I spun it up quickly. It's 2 braids 2oz each in two colorways (no name) from Fleece Artist, 100% merino. It was quite compacted, and tearing it apart was hard work, and so was spinning. I still managed to get yarn close to worsted weight out of it, even though it once again turned out thick/thin.
I knew I wanted to knit a hat with it, but my first choice of this Game hat (sorry rav link) pattern needed more yarn then I had. It would have been cut close, and I really wanted to make the pompom as well. So I was looking through my books, and found "His and Her Reflection Hat" by Melissa Leapman from her book "Mastering Color Knitting".
I liked the colors they used in the book, but you could hardly see the color design. I thought the two colors of my handspun yarn would show it better, but the thick and thin yarn made just a big mess of it.
Oh, yeah, and weird head is back. Well, as long as you don't look at his face, he's not too creepy.
Fresh from the needles the hat was a little small. I've knit the smaller size, because I was afraid of running out of yarn. I did have some left over yarn, but not enough for the bigger size. After washing and blocking though, it fit my head perfectly. Have already worn it on our walks, and we got wet from light rain, but I put it right on Manni's head to dry, so it looks O.K.
I've also knit Jared Floods Strago mittens. They are drying now. I love this design!
I've got to get back to work. Wish you all a wonderful weekend!