Pattern: Thorpe by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: My handspun, hand-dyed, bulky Corriedale (my first ever yarn!) about 100-ish yards?; 1/4skein of Artyarns Super Merino, colorway 102 for crocheted edging
Needles: Denise circulars/Takumi DPNs, us size 8; unknown crochet hook
Began: October 10; Completed: October 13
Notes: I’ve been going crazy trying to get Jason’s sweater done. All of that stockinette, on tiny needles and a large sweater, was really killing me. I was beginning to feel knitting as drudgery, and so I thought a fun, autumnal project would perk me right up. I’ve been wanting to knit Thorpe for a long time: a hat with ear flaps and little braids. What’s not to love? And so, I dug through my stash and realized my first batch of handspun would work perfectly. Huzzah!
This pattern was really simple and quick; I finished the knitting in 24 hours, and only my mediocre-at-best crocheting skills made this a three day project. I love the way the handspun made the hat feel a little more rustic: the texture is very uneven, and you can see differences in the skein colors. I positioned the most green skein in the middle between the two more orange-toned ones, and I like the subtle strip it created. The Artyarns was chosen by Jason for the contrast color, and I think his instincts were spot-on. The yellow has bits of red, orange, and green in it which, combined with the orangey-green handspun, makes for a very autumnal hat, indeed. The hat was appropriate for today’s activities of buying apples and apple cider donuts and running through a corn maze.
Overall, a great, fun, quick project to use up the odd skein of bulky yarn and some scraps, and to break the stockinette duldrums. I was nervous about knitting with my handspun, but it really did hold up like actual yarn! After I get over the shock of this, I’ll be sure to cast on with my other batch. That mohair blend I’ve been working on is all spun and washed, and I’ve got about 260 yards to work with of heavy worsted yarn. I’m thinking I’ll try my first yoke sweater; any thoughts? Lolly and Whitney, you are my yoked sweater gurus. Any good starter patterns out there that would work with a little bit of handspun in the yoke?