Projects to show off your handspun

Projects to show off your handspun

Palmatum by Kyoko Nakayoshi from Free-Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer.

It is always a thrill when I find the perfect project to highlight a special batch of handspun yarn. I don't know about you, but much of the fiber I buy becomes a souvenir of a special trip to my local yarn store or a memorable fiber event. And I love when what I make from my handspun yarn is something I can wear regularly and be reminded of where the fiber came from and what drew me to it in the first place—a functional keepsake.

I find scarves and shawls best fit the bill for me as a way to use special yarn. There is something about having them close at hand—snugly wrapped around my neck in the winter or draped over my shoulders on a cool summer night—that sets them apart as a special part of my wardrobe.

I was really excited when I first saw the new book Free-Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer (the new editor of Interweave Knits).  As a spinner (and a knitter with a short attention span), I love small projects. I also like projects that really use yarn to its best ability—and many of the projects in this book make the yarn sing.

Bethe by Angela Tong from Free-Spirit Shawls by Lisa Shroyer.

This book is filled with twenty unique shawls that are ripe with potential and perfect for the individuality that handspun yarn can bring to a project. The book starts with an overview about shawls, highlighting construction, how to wear them, and how to pick the best yarn. The projects are divided into four sections, color, lace, simplicity, and texture. The sections are a good jumping off point but I found a lot of overlap and shawl characteristics that appealed to me across categories.

Filling my need for both quick weekend projects as well as great ways to use up bits of precious handspun, this book will definitely be a go to for me when I need to make something special to keep my fibery memories close at hand.

Spin on,

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