Finished My First Handspun Garment!

I am beyond excited about finishing my first garment made 100% with my own handspun yarn! In case you haven't been following along with the spin I began in January of merino and silk combed top that I bought from Woolgatherings, follow this link (Choosing Your Spin Style) to see how I decided to spin it. I learned so much from this project. I learned a lot about the twist and the importance of keeping records and samples of both the singles and the plied yarn if you want to duplicate it. When deciding on a garment for this yarn, I made sure to stick to what I like to wear. In the past, I would pick items that I liked that other people look good in. This time I stuck to looking for something that I would actually wear. Something that if I saw it in the store, I would say, "Yes! I want that!" I found a top on Ravelry called the Mantra designed by Martha Wissing. It was perfect! I knit it in the round until I reached the armhole shaping. It was an easy pattern to follow. I would rank it as an intermediate pattern. I only had a little trouble figuring out what I was supposed to do when I got to the neck and shoulder shaping. I wasn't reading it the way she saw it in her head. I had a discussion with my daughter and it became crystal clear. I do not falt Martha with this. It is hard to write something to make it clear to everyone. Besides, it keeps us fiber artists communicating and I think that is a good thing. 


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