Category Archives: handspun

hats using some handspun yarn

A pile of hats

pile of hats

pile of hats

My family met at my sister Jane’s for the August long weekend.  Another sister, Penny, told me to bring my accumulated hats for a photo shoot, so I could start this blog.  We also co-opted my brother in law, Will, who has a nice camera with a portrait lens.  We threw all the hats down together and ended up with a big pile of hats to deal with, so things got busy.

Watchcaps with three ply handspun combined with plain commercial yarn

Watchcaps with three ply handspun combined with plain commercial yarn

We actually had a lot of fun.  Here is my son Jacob (centre top) sharing a laugh with (clockwise) his cousins, Jeremy and Jay and his uncles Will and Surya.  They are wearing a set of watch caps I did featuring handspun (the 3-ply blue/turquoise/black) and King Cole Antitickle DK.  I made these when I was flirting with the idea of selling this kind of hat.  The relationship floundered.

A couple of hats with handspun

Hats made with handspun and commercial dk yarn

Hats made with handspun and commercial dk yarn

Meg and Sarah wearing hats featuring handspun

Meg and Sarah wearing hats featuring handspun

These are two of the hats I made when I was taking my Ontario Handspinners Certificate.  The one on the left was made with practice yarn for the ‘Snarl Yarn’ in the novelty yarn unit.  The other hat is made with a 4-ply from the fictitious line of yarns I made for my final project.  The plain pink yarn in this case was my then favourite yarn, King Cole antitickle DK.  My concept was to use a commercial yarn to showcase the handspun.  This serves a second purpose of stretching the handspun, which is, of course, pretty labour intensive.