Knitting up that handspun

I mentioned over the weekend that I have another finished object hanging around. At the time it was blocking, but that’s done now! I am still taking indoor photos because it’s too oddly bright with the snow to take them outdoors like I typically would.


Here’s my Topography cowl! This one was a seriously fun knit and I would absolutely knit it again. It’s a little wonky looking because both handspun yarns weren’t the most even in the world. This led to sections just being larger than other sections. It won’t be a problem around a neck though. The colored yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun and the solid camel color is one that I created a while back out of some saxon locks. It’s been sitting in my stash for a very long time.

I’ve been really enjoying working with two colors of handspun for projects right now. I’ll be honest, it also works really well for removing yarns from my stash. If I choose one of the Marja yarns that is new and never made it into my stash and pair it will a yarn that has been sitting in my stash, this works really well. It’s motivating!

When I began my quest for a more streamlined stash I had 129 yarns. I am not sure I stated my quest until I had brought that down to 125. 14 handspun yarns came in this holiday season. Of those 14 I have already knit or am in the process of knitting 4. My stash is currently at 113. So, technically I am at 123, still lower than what I had when I decided to go on this little stash busting adventure.

Here’s a little secret. I have been trying not to share it until it happens, but I don’t think I can wait anymore. One of the reasons I want my stash to be more streamlined is that we need to make some space in our home. We’ve been working hard to think about how we need to rearrange our home to accommodate…..a floor loom! This is a situation of it just falling in my lap. A best biking friend has a wife who came into a floor loom unexpectedly. She studied art and thought she might like to own the loom, but has decided it’s not for her. She received the loom from her best friend’s parents. They wanted to “keep it in the family” and asked if I’d like to give it a try. She needs to finish her current project and we need to make space in our home for it. We also need to go over and look at it at some point so Mr. Ink can see just how large it is, in order to see what kind of space we need to make. Anyhow, that’s a thing that’s likely to happen and the thing that is motivating me to really work through my stash. Since both Mr. Ink and I enjoy trying to figure out how to configure our space, it’s a fun topic of conversation as well.

Ok-that’s enough from me on a Monday morning! Have a great week my friends!

4 thoughts on “Knitting up that handspun

  1. Wow!!!! A floor loom! How very exciting! Aren’t you glad you got that nice spacious house? And the cowl is so pretty. You are right about the fact that no one will notice the thick/ thin when it is being worn. And excellent job reducing the stash! Keep up the good work.

  2. The cowl is beautiful. I love that it was made with hand spun yarn. My mother has a floor loom, she’s 88 and still works on it from time to time. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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