Monday, March 24, 2008


I began SpinKnit last month by spinning some Columbia/Dorset roving into a two-ply bulky yarn.


This month I finished up SpinKnit by knitting the cream colored yarn I spun and some black brown handspun from my stash.

Cookies 'n Cream Pillow

Two-tone Interpretation

Pattern: Wovenflame's Free Cushion Pattern
Yarn: My Handspun, Two-Ply Bulky Weight
Fiber: Columbia/Dorset and Mystery Wool
Color: Cream and Black Brown
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5 mm)
Size: Fits a 14" Square Pillow Form

Garter Stitch Button Band

Changes Made to Accommodate a Bulky Weight Yarn:

~Larger needles - US10.5 (6.5 mm)

~Cast on 40 stitches

~Pattern Stitch (changes in red):
Row 1: K1, *K6, P2. Repeat from * across to last 7 sts. K7
Row 2: Purl across

~Single yarn-over buttonhole instead of double yarn-over buttonhole

Back View

Knitted pillows are a great way to enjoy wool year round, especially if you live in a warm climate like I do. And, I think they are good projects for showing off hand spun yarn.

Front View

Spin, knit...enjoy!


  1. Tracy, that pillow is so nice. The yarn looks cushy and soft. I've been wanting to knit a pillow with the button band. In fact, I think I have a Debbie Bliss with a similar pattern in it, but I like the one you've used better.

  2. raminthethicket9:30 AM

    Looks nice and soft! Just the thing for a favorite chair and a good book ;o)

  3. What a great idea for handspun! I love the natural colors :-)

  4. Turned out nicely! I love the two colors. Your spinning is coming right along!

  5. Oh WoW! I am so impressed. Your spinning knits up wonderfuly. How cool is that.

  6. Looks great! Love the pattern. I must knit with more of my handspun.

    ryc: Thanks! I still have 4 more to assemble, but the beading and wire twisting for the legs has been terrible for my carpel tunnel.

  7. You've done a lovely job with your two colour version of my pattern! Thanks for the linkback.

  8. I love the pillow. The colors complement each other so well. What a nice project for your handspun.

  9. Your blog is so inspiring. Love the pillow and the cookies and cream name, too cute. Your clapotis looks beautiful on you from a couple of posts back. I only wear mine for warmth as a scarf but it looks great as a wrap, too. Great work. Those baby cable socks are wonderful. That yarn sounds like Fixation with the springy quality.

  10. Your pillow turned out really well! It looks nice and soft, and I like the use of color too!

  11. The pillow is fabulous! Any "designer" would be very happy to sale it to a client. It's very chic. Good job!

  12. This is a perfect marriage of yarn and pattern! It looks so nice and soft and I love the contrast of the chocolatey brown with the cream color.


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