Cookie and Joan, in the Forest, with Susan.

Why yes, I did play “Clue” recently. Why do you ask?

I’m half tempted to just leave it at that and let you guess what it means. I’m sure you could come up with some interesting scenarios. Ahem.

But I won’t keep you in suspense.

I’m using the bee-u-ti-ful yarn that Cookie spun from Joan’s batts to make Susan’s Forest Canopy shawl. (On Ravelry here.)

However, I am making a modification. You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

I decided to modify the pattern a little bit to end up with a wider, shallower shawl. At first I tried to just sneak in extra increases on the right-side rows (6 per row instead of 4), but I wasn’t all that happy with how the top edge of the shawl looked. So I gave in and decided to do one increase at each end of every wrong-side row. That still gave me 6 increases over 2 rows, but it was easier to work the extra stitches into the pattern. The top edge isn’t as symmetrically perfect as the original pattern, but I’m happy with it.

Of course, one of the great things about this pattern is that it’s so easy to memorize. With the extra stitches at each edge, I have to do something a little different to start and end each RS row. Since my brain is full, I haven’t been able to commit those changes to memory, and I need to keep my modified chart handy. But other than those few stitches, the rest of the shawl flies along. If you’re interested, my project page is here.

As for Cookie’s yarn, it’s totally delightful to knit with. Having never knit with handspun before, I didn’t know it would be so much more elastic than knitting with commercial yarn. It keeps reminding me of bread dough – how when you knead it, it’s soft and silky and yields nicely under your hands, but then springs back smoothly.

And Joan’s Cupcake Fiber batts? Well, I might not know anything about spinning, but I do know a clever idea when I see it. If you spin yarn for socks, and haven’t yet taken a look at her products, go here to see why they’re so unique. It will make spinning 3-ply yarn into 2 skeins a much simpler task. Be sure to scroll down to this post to see how you can use the box to store your singles. All I know is, they make a darn pretty yarn.

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11 Responses to Cookie and Joan, in the Forest, with Susan.

  1. margene says:

    Cookie, Joan and Susan are the perfect threesome to be with in a forest. You describe handspun so beautifully. đŸ˜‰

  2. Heather says:

    It’s lovely! How interesting that you say it’s so elastic and sproingy.

  3. Kitten says:

    COOKIE’s handspun is elastic and springy. MY handspun is …not.

  4. Cookie says:

    Holy crap! You made my yarn look like SOMETHING beautiful!

    Did Margene really mention a 3-some? o.O

  5. Chris says:

    Very lovely! And you’re hiding that recent Clue experience really well… not.

  6. jill says:

    Wonderful color! You’ve been very regal lately!

  7. Nora says:

    That color is amazing.

  8. Carrie K says:

    Gorgeous! I am shocked, shocked that you had mods.

  9. susan says:

    Got my batts in the mail yesterday. But now that I’ve seen Cookie’s yarn, I don’t think I’ll ever spin again.

  10. marianne says:

    GORgeous!!! curious mind here.. how close in colour is this with your hat and mitts? looks pretty close from here :^)
    I have a box of cupcakes (Slumber colour) and they are absolutely amazing. Seriously Amazing. I definitely need to get more bobbins. ;^)

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