Wednesday, April 04, 2007


The plying is finished. The twist is set. Yarn!

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Fiber: Wasatch Watercolours, Fine Range Wools
Amount: 3 oz
Color: Hidden Canyon
Yarn: 2 ply, 16 WPI, just under 400 yds.

This is the best yarn I've spun so far and I'm very happy with it. I'm so anxious to start knitting with it that I've already been auditioning patterns. I don't think this yarn is right for socks, but it may be right for a lacy scarf. I've been searching my books, magazines and the Web for patterns and have come up with some possiblities.

The scarf called Palette sounded like a good choice. It even says in the introduction that the organic-looking stitch pattern works well with homespun yarn, because it is forgiving to somewhat irregular spinning. I cast on last night and got started, but I hit a big snag. An unusual (at least to me) decrease called PSP (Purl, Slip, Pass stitch over) gave me all kinds of problems. Even though the stitch is clearly explained, it's not working for me. Row two never ends with the correct number of stitches, so I must be doing something wrong or there's a problem with the pattern. Most likely it's me, but I can't figure out how to interpret the directions differently, so I'm stuck. Time to move on to something else.

Here are a few others I'm considering:
Lorrie's Fishtail Lace Scarf
Falling Water Lace Scarf
Little Leaf Scarf
Branching Out

If all goes well, I'll have a scarf on the needles by the end of the day.

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  1. Beautifully done! It will make a very nice scarf no matter which you choose.

  2. How gorgeous. You must be very proud of yourself for this accomplishment. Looks like you will be a Master Spinner soon. I love all the patters and have been eyeballing the Branching Out pattern since I started knitting. The psso's always scare me. Can't figure out out to slip the stitch to the right needles and then knit them together. Guess you leave them on the right needle? I'll have to study my "Knitting for Dummies" handbook. The fishtail lace is beautiful and John would love anything that pertains to fish, even knitted ones?
    Linda B

  3. I wonder if you're supposed to slip the purl stitch back to the right needle after you slip the stitch over it?

    I wanted to do that pattern myself with some of my handspun. Guess I'll need to practice it first.

    I'm doing Branching Out right now and it's a lovely pattern, very easy to understand

    Your spinning is beautiful.

  4. That yarn is gorgeous!!! It's too bad the snag occurred--I think your handspun is prettier than that used in the pattern sample.

  5. Go for a simple pattern because you don't want your yarn to take a back seat or compete with the pattern. Just GORGEOUS yarn Tracy! Isn't is one of the most amazing things in the world to be able to say "I made this yarn from wool!" I don't think it'll ever bore me to spin. :)

  6. The yarn is completely breathtaking. I love other peoples yarn, it always looks so much more knittable than my yarn. I can't wait to see what you do with it, it will be beautiful, no matter what.

  7. Love the yarn that you have spun! It is lovely! I do have a dtrange question for you... what setting do you have your archives set on? I like the way it looks! Is it yearly? Thanks!

  8. Branching Out is a fun knit, if you go with that. And how have I missed the falling water scarf?! Thanks for the link.

    And the handspun looks gorgeous; you're a natural!

  9. Beutiful yarn! Congratulations! I love the branching out scarf, it would be my choice.

  10. The yarn is beautiful! I can't wait to see the scarf. I like both the Falling Water lace and Branching Out patterns. However, I think Banching Out is a simple pattern that won't compete with your beautiful yarn.

    Thanks for the comment!

  11. Wow! That turned out so nice! I think whichever scarf you choose it will look great! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog:~D Have a happy Easter!!!

  12. You should be proud of that homespun, it's gorgeous!!

  13. Hey, I'm just starting the palette scarf myself (with store bought yarn though). I'm still working on it but I think the way the psp stitch works is that you purl, then slip that stitch back to the left needle, then you pass the 2nd stitch over the 1st stitch and off the needle (as if you were casting off), then transfer the 1st stitch back to the right needle. I found it confusing too, but I think that will work.

  14. Frugal,
    Thank you for explaining this. I'm printing it out and putting it with the pattern for the next time I give it a try.

  15. I'm so glad I found this thread! I just started this scarf pattern and I had exactly the same problem, I knew I must be doing something wrong with this PSP business, but I had no idea what... the pattern tells you about passing the stitch over, but doesn't say anything about what to do with the slipped stitch afterwards! :p I'm going to try moving it back again, fingers crossed it works!
    Well done on the yarn by the way, it's beautifully spun! :)


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