Friday, February 24, 2012

Handspun Friday - FCK Magnolia on Falkland

♥ long post - lots of pictures ♥

Last year, can't remember which month it was, FatCatKnits Magnolia was the colorway of the month. I've got 6oz of it, and I was spinning it with a shawl in mind. I separated the colors, and spun them from the green end to the dark purple end. This was going to be a beautiful shawl! I had the yarn in two skeins, because my bobbin only takes 4oz at a time.
Magnolis on Falkland
The finished yarn was sitting around for a while, but in the back of my mind I was always trying to figure out what pattern I would use with it. Then, one day I picked it up, wound the two skeins into cakes, and cast on a shawl.
I didn't like it. Well, I didn't like how the lace part looked, and since it's Falkland, it was not the softest either. It certainly is fine for socks, and mittens, but I knew I would not want to wear it around my neck. The colors were too bright to give a shawl as a gift, I thought, so I had a sleepless night over what to do with it then. It was almost 600yds! Several things came to mind, but when I woke up the next morning (of course I got some sleep), I knew that I would knit Burning Stripes socks!

I could not cast on fast enough to see how it would turn out.
Magnolia socks-9

I love the contrasting stripes down the back. I didn't do the short row heel as in the pattern, but let the stripe run along the heel until I started the toe decreases.
Magnolia socks-10

All the while I was knitting these, I was thinking "That's what it is all about!" Over and over agaian, while I was looking at the colors, the stripes, and how they played together. From fiber to socks.
Magnolia socks-1

The toes ended in this redish color and ...

Magnolia socks-4

it continued at the cuff of the second sock.
Magnolia socks-2

Only to turn purple in the end. The yarn weight was fingering weight, and was perfect for needle size 2.25mm. I don't like lose kit fabric for socks. I could not believe how perfect they were. Made me really happy!

Magnolia socks-3

Well, and then, there was left over yarn. I knew if I put it away, I would probably never get back to knitting with it, and I didn't want that. So I was thinking it might be enough for a pair of fingerless mittens.
Magnolia socks-6

I cast on, and since I was worried of running out of yarn, I knit the cuff shorter than I normally like.

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-3

Turns out, I had more than enough for full mittens!

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-6

By the way, I knew both socks, and the mittens would not match, but I did not care one bit!

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-5
After the mittens were done, I still had some left over yarn, so I did a quick crochet border on the cuffs, and I really like how it turned out. Look at those little picots, sweet!

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-4

A little heart formed by thumbs up!

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-2

O.K. now there was still some left over yarn, but screw it! I think I've used up my Magnolia yarn quite effectively.

Magnolia mittens-Falkland-7

I haven't spun at all this last week. Had to knit a quick pair of socks, and I was working on my Old Forge blanket, but I'm going to get back to the wheel asap! I'm already missing spinning too much.

Have a wonderful weekend!



ikki said...

Lovely! Your yarns are just what I want to have.

2paw said...

Such a gorgeous unpair of socks and mittens. I love the little strip down the back of the socks , their beautiful stripes and the crocheted edge on the cuffs. That's a job very well done!!!

Torhild said...

Hi. I love that your socks and mittens dont match. I do not care eighter when knitting with yarn like this. Your socks and mittens are unique. enjoy your weekend

Ann said...

As I have told you before: I love your Burning Stripes socks and your yarn.
These color are gorgeous!
And the mittens!
A wonderful weekend to you too!

CelticCastOn said...

Beautiful! That sock pattern has been on my list for quite some time. I must see what stash I have for them.

cauchy09 said...

wow, i love love love those socks! and your spinning is always an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I'd say you most definitely turned that gorgeous handspun into lovely FOs! Those socks are perfect, and mittens to boot!

Sarah said...

This is what spinning is all about! Everything is beautiful, from the fiber to the yarn, from the socks to the mittens.

Kris said...

Beautiful spinning and knitting. Love the colours too!

Have a great weekend, and pass on our scritches to the pups!

knottygnome said...

i love what you did with that yarn! very cool

adriene said...

This post put a great big smile on my face! It's so neat to see what you do with your spinning. It never occurred to me to separate the colours like that.

dclulu said...

The socks are spectacular!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I absolutely adore these socks!

Susan said...

I'm looking at all your beautiful pictures of lovely yarn and projects and wondering whether you have a light box for taking pictures? Finding the right light and background is a science for taking pics.

Redberry Cottage said...

The socks are stunning! I love the colors. I wish I knit as fast as you knit!

Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

A Guyra Girl said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the look you have on your finished yarn - so polished. The socks and mittens were just gorgeous too.

Carol said...

They don't need to match to be a perfect pair. The yarn, the socks, and the mittens are so beautiful. I was ooh-ing and aah-ing all the way through your post.

Mr. Puffy said...

You are truly a master spinner and knitter ~ I can imagine how enjoyable it must have been for you to knit and watch the magic unfold. Well done ~ and just beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!

Beverly said...

You've worked some magic with these yarns. Both projects are stunning.

Brigi said...

I love them, I love thatthey are a "mismatched " pair :)

Sometimes Unwilling Guru said...

Oh I cant wait to get back to spinning!!! taking time off study is looking great! Love the socks and mittens!

Sharon V said...

I love that you didn't care if the colors matched perfectly. Matching things isn't always the way to go, especially with handspun yarn.

Enjoy your new knitted goods and stay warm!

hakucho said...

I like how you worked the stripes down the back of the socks....very neat :)

Walden said...

Absolutely love how they turned out!

Maryse said...

They are fantastic! The socks and the mittens!

Stadtwaldvogel said...

Knitting these socks and mittens was a great idea! I love stripes that change color. Have a good weekend! Yours, Julia

Lorraine said...

Monika- You are a spinning pioneer- going where most of us don't dare to.

I hope you wear those fabulous socks alot.

Virginia said...

Those socks and mittens are SO FREAKIN COOL I can't stand it.

Wow. WOW. Inspired.