What I’m Knitting with My Handspun Texel

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. It was pointed out to me (sorry Mom) that I teased you all about my choice of what to do with my handspun Texel yarn, even asked you to help me choose a pattern, and then just left it hanging.

Mom is right, it’s very rude to build up suspense like that, and then to spend my next three posts talking about hoarding knitting magazines, knitted toys I may or may not ever actually knit, and a completely unrelated shawl project.

Let me make up for it now. The winner of the sweater contest was: Greenwood by Ann-Marie Jackson.

This sweater is knitted in two halves, sideways. Then you sew the halves together and knit on cuffs, hem and a droopy collar. Right now, I’m blocking the main body of the sweater.

I have really enjoyed this pattern. It’s remarkably easy to  knit. And the little stripes made sewing-up much easier. I had little visual cues to help me along at five-stitch intervals.

My handspun yarn has behaved extremely well throughout. There are only a few tiny areas where the yarn is a bit on the thin side. I’ll never notice those when I wear this. I love the loft and lightness of this sweater in a long-draw, woolen-spun yarn. Hardly any weight at all. Such a difference from the worsted yarns I usually spin.

More on this sweater soon. I have a feeling it will be done in no time–maybe even before all the snow is gone. It’s in the 40’s F outside today and there are puddles everywhere. All morning I have been hearing icicles falling off the roof with loud thuds. I’m knitting against the clock.


  1. I’m so glad you went with Greenwood; it’s going to be gorgeous! Don’t worry too much about the impending warm weather – it’s not like the sweater won’t keep a few months!

  2. I love seeing handspun knitted up, and this photo shows it so well. I’d been wondering which sweater you chose, then the next thing you know, you have it done. Beautiful overall evenness –nothing like the first sweater I ever knitted of handspun (of course several different people were involved with the spinning). I solved it by occasionally adding in a singe when it got too thin, but deciding what was too thin and what was too thick was tricky.

    Think of the (ever so slightly) thick and thin spots like an artist’s brush strokes; it adds beauty, as the artist’s energy and signature.
    A classic to be proud of.
    –Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes it is. I enjoyed spinning with it, although I’ve heard others say they don’t like the feel. They find it too grabby.

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