This project did not get off to a good start. When I joined the stitches, I set off using the tail of the cast-on yarn. Then I started knitting inside out. Knitting it brings back memories of time spent at Maryland Sheep and Wool with Rox in 2007, the smell of the roving while I spun it, trying to pick out the softest ball of roving from a rough wooden shelf in a barn, and the pair of adorable Jacob sheep in the Jacob Sheep Breeder’s Association stall.
Pattern: Halfdome, adapted to knit in the round
Yarn: My handspun Navajo-plied Jacob yarn, self striping
Needles: US5 Addi turbo (magic loop)
Duration: 27 July to 31 July 2009
Look at the stripes! That’s exactly what I was hoping for when I spun it. I can feel the Navajo ply joins as they go past and the somewhat uneven yarn is knitting into a rustic fabric. My spinning has improved since I made this but it’s a pleasant surprise how good it looks. The cream felt softer then the brown and it’s thinner yarn, though the stripes were supposed to be equal.
Another glitch in this hat is that I completely missed the part in the Halfdome pattern where it didn’t say "join". Decreased two stitches down to 108, then followed the raglan decreases, and everything seemed to work out nicely.
My next project will use handspun Polwarth for a Lumiére Midi scarf, and after that I think some lace is in order.