Getting knitty with it

I’d like to preface this post by saying I am not a blogger. By that I mean that I stink at keeping this thing going! I’m so busy making all the time that it is a “point my phone at it and take a pic” for Instagram if I’m lucky! ­čśä so now that I’ve said that I want to talk YaRN!
I make yarn like this:

And I also make yarn like this:

These are obviously two different beasts all together! I won’t bore you yet┬áwith the technical details of How┬áit is done because I want to talk about knitting with my own handspun! For a very long while I could only crochet. I love crochet, don’t get me wrong, but the resulting fabric isn’t able to showcase a color gradient or the finer details of an art yarn as well. So I had to learn!!

It took forever until someone said some magic words and suddenly it all clicked. It is truly amazing when that little thread of information gets woven into your psyche and the Aha┬ámoment takes hold. So now I think I’ve got this down as a newbie and I’m finally braving my own handspun wool yarns. It is a real treat too, check out the beginning of the┬ábell cape I’m designing as I go.




Some of the yarns may or may not work as I hope they will together but the only way to find out is to go forward!



Thanks for reading :)


  • Jessanne

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Granny Square Baby Blanket


It started when I finally learned how to crochet ( the right way!). I wanted to make a granny square baby blanket for my friends that were just recently married so badly that I finally forced myself to learn. And thanks to YouTube and some innumerable tutorials I did just that! Let the stacks of granny squares begin!


I got them all laid out to my satisfaction after doing a 6×8 configuration and began joining them. It only took me about 10 days to get all the squares made that I needed. I used a single crochet joining method that is fairly basic and something I could quickly get my head around. I did a two round granny stripe around the outside. And…


Now it’s all done! I just have to wrap it all up and deliver it sneakily to a certain doorstep I know of! Have you ever crocheted a blanket?