Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Handspun Yarn Shawl

Last fall when attending the Celtic Festival here in Tucson, I visited a vendor who offered homespun yarns. Kathy of Withers Ranch raises llamas, angora goats, sheep and alpacas on her ranch in Tucson. She specializes in fleeces, handspun yarns, and woven and knitted items as well as teaching knitting, spinning, felting, and weaving. Kathy also writes a blog.

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I bought two wool skeins she’d spun which I wound on my yarn winder at home. One is a freeform yarn (on left in my photo) and both are a mixture of thick and thin yarn. The lovely dark and pale dusty pinks mixed with cream are evocative of a rosy dawn—and soft as a morning should be.

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Kathy also designs knitting patterns that work beautifully with her yarns. I used both yarns to knit Kathy’s “Barbara’s Shawl” pattern on 47-inch US 11 Addi Turbo circular needles. Yesterday was my big finish.

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I love the texture and rich flow of colors. It feels so romantic wearing my newly-knitted shawl as I wander in my tiny garden in the coolness of the morning.


Niki RuralWritings said...

I love the texture and colours. I sent my daughter a link to this post, she bought similiar wool in beautiful shades of blues and greens and I thought she'd like to see what it knit up like.
Have a blessed day

kari and kijsa said...

Kari just started knitting. She knitted a scarf (which she loved) and then she started to knit a hat (which was kind of a pain)...maybe she should try a shawl (she does love a good shawl)!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's gorgeous June!The yarns, the color and your beautiful knitting skills all made a magnificent piece.

sassypriscilla said...

Wow is that gorgeous!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh June, it's just beautiful. Very romantic indeed!

rohanknitter said...

That is really lovely june!!

Robyn said...

OH how lovely June! Hi girlie! How I have missed you! Big hugs!

Storybook Woods said...

Just beautiful, the color is soooo yummy !!!! Clarice

Jen said...

Really pretty, and nicely crafted!

African Kelli said...

wow junie! that is so gorgeous and I love the photo. Good day Sun!

hunnybunny said...

That is wonderful!! The color and texture are divine, I don't know why but I feel like you must curl up and watch a Jane Austen movie while wearing it and drinking tea.

Mrs. Staggs said...

Both the yarn and the shawl are beautiful. I love the shape of the shawl. It looks like the perfect weight too, for your climate, or a cool summer evening like we have in our parts.