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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
**Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:48:07 pm »
I started this when I'd only been spinning a few months and finally, it's done.

I wanted it to be my outer layer unless really pelting down, so it's closeknit in a 3-ply spun from predominantly Shetland, with Manx and Falkland also being major players, and possibly a bit of Black Welsh Mountain in there too.

It's long to keep my backside and chumps protected from the Cumbrian winds, two pockets both big enough for my hands, one shaped for my mobile phone, the other for a key and my penknife.  The neck is a crossover with a long back, which can be raised to keep the wind off the back of my neck.

It's very generously sized to leave room for as many underlayers as I may need!

In today's cold strong winds, with spitty rain-cum-hail, I needed another double-knitting layer underneath, but that's fine. 

I'm well impressed!   ;D

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Whittsend

  • Joined May 2013
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 08:28:21 am »
 :trophy: :thumbsup: That's brilliant Sally. I love the mix of colours.  It looks like it will keep you cosy warm on the outside with the benefit of a lovely, satisfying, 'didn't I do well' glow on the inside. Well done.

Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2015, 08:57:15 am »
A work of art - you can be my KOTM  - Knit of the month.  :roflanim:
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clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2015, 09:03:53 am »
brilliant  :thumbsup:
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2015, 09:22:50 am »
It looks great Sally. You feel such a sense of achievement when you finish your first big article. OH wears his handspun/handknit with pride, telling people exactly which sheep it came from.
I am sure you will get lots of warm, happy hours wearing yours.  :thumbsup:
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Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2015, 09:26:31 am »
Fantastic!  I can't believe that "after a few months of spinning" you ended up with 3 ply!  It looks great.  Might be a while before I unveil my Zwartbles jumper....(also first home spun)

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2015, 09:30:16 am »
Very impressed  :thumbsup: Hat to match now  :excited:

Louise Gaunt

  • Joined May 2011
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2015, 09:55:55 am »
That looks really good! A real labour of love, three ply! It took me for ever to spin enough 2 ply for a sweater, which us now on the needles!

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2015, 10:22:26 am »
Thank you very much all, for your kind comments :)

I have enough left for a hat, Rosemary, but I don't think I'd wear it.  The very first thing I ever made was a hat for use out and about on the farm - and it's practically waterproof and will never ever wear out! 
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ladyK

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Conwy Valley
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2015, 12:56:31 pm »
What a brilliant jumper!  :thumbsup:
Can't wait for my first spinning class next week!  :excited:
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 01:46:41 pm »
Hey Sally well done for finishing the jumper.  It looks a true Cumbrian artefact, evolved for its locality  ;D  Did you keep it in the grease to add to the waterproofing?
I'm greatly impressed  :thumbsup: :knit:
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2015, 02:49:08 pm »
Did you keep it in the grease to add to the waterproofing?

I've thought about that, and do have plans for a jumper-from-fleece that I won't be degreasing completely.  But this one is all from tops, which I found much easier as a beginning spinner.

Now I have it done and love it so much, I am encouraged to do the additional work to start from fleece for another  ;D
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Mammyshaz

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2015, 04:21:41 pm »
Congratulations Sally  :trophy: it looks very cosy  :cold: for those biting winds around the farm  :thumbsup:

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2015, 08:48:21 pm »
Just fabulous. That's all.

FiB

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: **Finally!!!** finished my first handspun handknitted jumper
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2015, 08:27:16 pm »
Wow wow wow. Oh how I wish I could knit.  Apart from smelling like a sheep, I really fancy the idea of an 'in the grease jumper. Would you still wash it fleece wife? Or just flic and spin?

 

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