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Two years ago I spent the summer spinning a lovely soft 2-ply alpaca yarn.  One singles is from hand-painted roving I purchased at the Great Lakes Fiber Show, the other some luscious high-quality white I had left over from a previous spinning contract gig.  This past winter, as my mother’s 85th birthday approached, I came across this Victorian Fingerless Gloves pattern from Knit Picks and decided I’d see how my yarn knitted up.

One thing to always remember about handspun yarns is that they rarely conform to standard yarn classifications. The only way to know how it will knit up is to make swatches.  For those of us who are normally too impatient for swatching, it’s an absolute must when using handspun.  Just adjust your needle size until you get a swatch that matches the pattern requirements. And because there was so much color-change in the yarn, the lace detail wasn’t as apparent as it would have been with a single color, but the yarn knit up beautifully. Those of use who knit with handspun expect a bit of unexpected variance in the results.

I don’t know about you, but it seems that I generally start and rip out a new pattern three times before I manage to get it right.  After those initial trials, the pattern knit up surprisingly quickly, and I loved the picot edging stich — I’m sure to use it again in another project!  I finished both gloves over a long weekend, and was quite pleased with the results!

And so was my mother.

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