Tuesday, June 22, 2010

THINKING ABOUT AFGHAN FROM HANDSPUN

Posted by Peg in South Carolina 

I love to spin.  I do not get a lot of chances to do it, but when I can, I do.  I rarely spin for Orange Plied Skein a particular project.  I spin because I have found some fiber I love.  The result of this is that I generally purchase only 4 ounces of any given fiber and the result of that is that I never have a lot of yardage of any one particular fiber. 

Spinning this way has never bothered me.  Spinning, for me, is simply an indulgence.

A piece in the latest Spin-off magazine* about using small amounts of fiber in hand knitting projects got me started thinking.  What about modular knitting?  I could design a modular knit afghan, not unlike the one I knit for our grandson when he was born.

And then I thought about weaving a patchwork afghan.  But when I thought about sewing the pieces together, I balked.  So I thought about weaving long strips.  Still didn’t like the idea of sewing strips together.

So, what about putting on a warp with narrow or broad stripes of the different handspun yarn and then weaving with those to create small or large checks.  And what about doing it double width.  Voila.  The germ of an idea finally arrived.

*The essay is by Ingrid Brundin and is called “Making Shells—Using up small bits of handspun with modular knitting.”

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Reflections on the Baby Blanket

Thinking about Afghan from Handspun”  was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 22, 2010. ©2010 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.

4 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

I think that is a great germ of an idea!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I have a Creative Knitting magazine a few years old of course that has a modular afghan with no stitching required. If your interested in knitting one I'll dig it up for you. The weaving idea sounds great and you can use all the bits in both warp and weft.

Spinning Out of Control said...

Interesting. I just bought some weaving cards and was thinking of using my handspun and other scraps on that.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Delighted Hands! Deep End, the afghan I knit for our grandson was one with no seams. When I was done I was done! I love that! Spinning Out of Control, what are weaving cards?