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A rare "finished object" post

Used to be that every time I finished knitting something, I would post some pictures of the item, along with a description of the process. And friends, mostly non-knitters, might comment that something was pretty or impressive or whatever. Or not. Then I joined Ravelry, and started using the linked databases there to keep track of projects and yarn and so much more rather than posting descriptions of projects here.

But today, I feel so much like bragging on myself that I'm going to talk about it here. A few years ago I went to what was billed as a knitting retreat. Actually, most of the people there were spinners. They set their wheels up on the dock and spun yarn, while I knitted, secure in the belief that I didn't need another fiber obsession. I went back for another year, and sat and knit while everyone else spun. While I still didn't want another fiber obsession, there was something compelling about the ease with which they were making yarn. Somehow at that fall's NY Sheep and Wool Festival I came home with a spindle and some fiber. A month later, I joined the Nutmeg Spinners Guild, and, at each meeting, it seemed as if there was another spindle I needed.

In the following April, I went to the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, and came home with this:


It's 2.5 lbs of gorgeous fiber, and my intention was to spin myself enough yarn for a sweater. But that's a lot of spinning on a spindle. So, I started browsing the Ravelry spinning forums for information on spinning wheels. Right, I don't need another fiber obsession! But Kromski Sonata wheels, especially in the walnut finish, looked like exactly what I wanted, never mind that I'd never spun on one! A month or so later, somebody in Rhode Island offered a used walnut Sonata on one of the Ravelry equipment forums. A little back-and-forth negotiation, and a day spent driving to Woonsocket, RI and back, and the wheel was mine.

Of course, I had to acquire some proficiency in using it. And, with 2.5 lbs of nice soft green fiber, that wasn't difficult. First, there was


It was plied to become


And another skein


And several more, not photographed.

Then, I decided the time had come to actually knit something with it. So, I started small, with a swatch:

Green Swatch

And, finally, in August, I started the sweater. It's a plain sweater, following Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system, so I could, essentially, make my own pattern, fitted to my measurements.

There were a few hiccups along the way, but nothing major. And, when it was clear that I was running short of yarn (handspun yarn tends to be denser than millspun yarn), well, I just spun another skein.

I finished the sweater a few weeks ago, and finally wore it last week. This morning, I attempted to take the final photograph. The time delay on my camera forces me into uncomfortable poses, but, so be it.


Friends, I spun a sweater!!!!!

And Ravelry has now made it possible for non-members to see project pages, if given a direct link. So, you can see my Ravelry notes for this here.


Nov. 14th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
that is gorgeous, you totally rock!
Nov. 14th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 14th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
That is so impressive. And it looks great!
Nov. 14th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
If I do say so myself...and the unevennesses and flaws in the yarn somehow don't show up in the finished product.
Nov. 14th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh wow! Gorgeous yarn and I love the sweater, I am partial to simple and well done knitted items!

You are my fiber hero, seriously.
Nov. 14th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Aw...thank you blushes
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
OMG, I am completely in awe. Firstly, that green is absolutely freaking GORGEOUS. It's so rich and yummy! I love it! Secondly, way to go on making that sweater from spinning to end! That's a major accomplishment :D *high five*
Nov. 15th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
That is so cool.