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Mum’s alpaca knit mittens

Mum's alpaca knit mittensIn the pre-holiday rush I forgot to post about these mittens I made for my mum for an upcoming winter adventure.

This was my second time using Morris and Son’s Maya baby alpaca yarn and I love love love it. So soft and warm, perfect for mittens.

I combined a few different stitch patterns to create a light texture for the top of the hand. It was an experiment which I’m mostly happy with but I’d make a few minor changes if I made these again.

Most importantly, mum was super thrilled :) And she loved her cable along socks.

Lightly textured knit mittens

Needles: 3.0mm (US 2.5) and 2.5mm (US 1.5)
Yarn: Morris & Sons Maya 8 ply Baby Alpaca
How much: 1.4 skeins (140 metres / 153 yards), 70 grams
Colorway: 3814 Lagoon

Learning to spin yarn

Alpaca fleece and a drop spindle
Alpaca fleece and a drop spindle

Just before Christmas I stumbled on youtube videos about spinning yarn. I’ve thought about making yarn on a spinning wheel but I didn’t realise that you could do it inexpensively with a drop spindle until I watched videos on the technique and found information about making your own drop spindle.

Visiting my mum for a week, we went to a hardware store and picked up a length of dowel and, unable to find a circular piece of wood, bought three coaster pieces which we stuck together. With a cup hook, some glue, and a drill, we made a drop spindle!

I was keen to get spinning but I didn’t have any fibre so we raided my mum’s tapestry wool stash of odds and ends which I spent time plying together. I found out later that I should have been plying in the opposite direction (against the original twist) which might have made my yarn easier to work with, but this is the point of trying… you learn. Continue reading