I finished my shawl at last. It's all blocked and dry so here are pictures, links and details:
Pattern: Lilac Lace Shawl
Yarn: Handspun merino from commercially combed & dyed top
Fibre from Wingham Wool Work
Colour: Yorkshire Rainbow
Wheel: Ashford Traveller
Spun very fine singles for a lace weight 2 ply yarn
750 mtrs 123g. (shawl used 747 mtrs)
Finished shawl (blocked) measures 200 cm wide x 110 cm deep at centre point.
Here's my wee Dora peeking round the corner
I'm very happy with both the spinning and the shawl pattern. I would knit this pattern again, it's ideal for hand spun yarn. I didn't have quite enough yarn and knew I would run out ~ so on the pattern charts I worked row 203 then moved onto row 211 and did the maths to re-align the pattern repeats, this gave me a seamless transition into the final pattern band (for the points).
I've started making sample cards for all of my hand spun yarns, I never used to bother keeping records but I really think it's quite important to do so. It enables me to refer back to how I spun a particular fibre, the finished yarn weight, meterage etc. I use large luggage tags and attach a sample of the single I'm spinning and a mini skein of the plied yarn along with the details of the fibre I have spun:
I also finished off my crochet sock yarn scrap blanket:
It weighs 880g and measures 170cm square, a labour of love considering I'm no crocheter. I used a 2.5 mm hook and tried to stick to brights and bolds:
So now I find myself left with all the neutral toned sock yarn leftovers~ I'm thinking there may be another blanket in due course!