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Donau. A short cardi in handspun yarn

Yesterday I finished this:

Tone in "Donau".
Tone in “Donau”.

This is my sweet daughter Tone modelling “Donau”, my new handspun cardigan.

From behind. I like the way the colors flow..


She is a size XS, and the cardigan fits her perfectly! It’s now up to me to calculate the stitch and row numbers for other sizes (S, M, L and XL), and to write the pattern for the webshop.It is a very simple construction, so that won’t be a too much of a problem, I’m sure. I guess I’ll need to test knit at least one of the larger sizes, just to be sure that I’m not completely off track, and to get a feeling of the amount of yarn that is to be used for the larger sizes..

It is knitted in welt-pattern using a needle size 6 mm (US size 10), so it was a quick knit. Nice, for a change..

The yarn for Donau is the result of a monthly challenge that is going on over on Ravelry, in the Danish Spinner’s Group.
The theme this month was “An der Schönen blauen Donau” (On the Blue Danube), and I was immeditately inspired to haul down five differne colourways from the shelves: Cougar, Icarus, Rhodos, Glittertind and Sailor. Here they are:

Colors: Sailor, Glittertind, Rhodos, Icarus and Cougar
Colors: Sailor, Glittertind, Rhodos, Icarus and Cougar

I combined the colous to make 10 different skeins, bulky singles yarn. It was a quick spin, and very enjoyable!

Bulky singles for "Donau"
Bulky singles for “Donau”
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Finished project!

It fits! 🙂

I am so pleased with this sweater! My handspun Swirl (designed by very talented Sandra McIver) is done and almost dry. Dry enough to do some photos while it’s still daylight outside.

It swirls!!

This has been a very pleasant knitting adventure. The pattern (“Strata Sphere” from McIvers book “Knit Swirl”) is well written, has very usefull schematics and was easy to follow. It was especially nice and thrilling to work with my own handspun.
I had dyed up a big bunch of different fibers (wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, mohair) in the colourway “Icarus”. First I separated the fibers into different piles of colours, carded it together and spun a singles yarn.
I aimed at getting the same grist, look, hand and colour-magic that we see in Noro Silk Garden, which was the yarn called for in the pattern. I think I got it pretty well! Only problem was that I had underestimated the amount og fiber to spin, so in the middle of the project I had to dye, card and spin some more..
The second lot of course came out a little bit different than the first, but it’s not to be seen at all in the finished Swirl.

Back view. Nice and warm!
A closer look at the yarn and knitting structure.

I predict that this sweater is going to be worn a lot this winter!