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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 130

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I am so, so happy with this.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 130

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the yarn, in the skein, before washing.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the original batt, in all of its fluffy glory.

Sweet Counsels Tam

I am not ashamed to say that I am very, very proud of this tam. I bought a batt at the Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Festival in mid-May.

As soon as I held the batt, in all of its drum-carded wool/alpaca soft and fluffy glory, I wondered what on earth I could do with it. I decided to try for a hat, but I was worried that my spinning skills might not be up to it yet.

I stripped and pre-drafted the batt and spun it using a short forward draw on my "regular" pulley. (For the spinning geeks out there, that's the 7.25 ratio). I plied to create a two-ply yarn using the next-larger pulley (the 5.5 ratio).

The photos taken in the skein are before the skein was washed. I washed the skein very gently. The photos of the yarn wound up into cakes were taken after washing.

I was left with about 132 yards in 84 grams (2.9 ounces) of yarn.

It's really a very simple tam, but I didn't use double decreases this time. Instead, two different sets of knit-two-together decreases spiral around the top of the hat. This is very subtle, because the yarn has so much color contrast within itself, but I am very proud of taking a project from a batt and an idea to a wearable garment.


I had a great time chatting with Danielle about her shop, living local, and at least one yarn no one can even get right now.


- Lion Brand Yarn's Homespun


- Viola Yarn (ViolaViola on Etsy)

- Looped Yarnworks

- Rowan Yarn

- Brenda Dayne is the creative force behind Cast-On.

- Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

- The Loopy Ewe