The Impetuous Weaver Weaves with Handspun, part 2

If you have been a spinner for any substantial length of time, no doubt you have a box (or two!) of lovely little bits of handspun. Whether from sampling a new fiber or technique, or leftover from larger projects, these wee skeins are too precious to get rid of, and too small and varied to become larger projects. May I humbly suggest tapestry weaving as a way to use all the small bits, and enjoy them thoroughly the whole time.


three containers of handspun yarn, sorted by color, sitting on dry grass





Summer Stripes from Pom Pom Quarterly


We are loving Pom Pom Quarterly's latest collection. It's full of simple and wearable summer garments featuring stripes of all sorts!

stack of striped summer sweaters


It starts with a breezy, oversized tee in one of our favorite yarns, Shibui Knits Reed. Herrera features subtle and flattering stripes, a deep vee back, and plenty of fluid drape, thanks to the chainette structure of this beautiful linen yarn.

Herrera Tee


The Anni top utilizes a clever slip-stitch pattern to create easier-than-it-looks vertical stripes, so you can worry less about the process, and have fun playing with colors. Knit in Juniper Moon Zooey, it has the right balance of crispness and squish, and will be a timeless knit in Zooey's palette of subtle neutrals and mellow colors.

Anni Top three views


For an even quicker project, how about the Judoka bag? Straightforward knitting plus clever folding and sewing make this a project that even a new knitter can accomplish, with stunning results. Written for three sizes (the smallest and largest are shown), you just might want all three!

We are thinking of working this one up in crisp Ito Gima, a tiny cotton tape yarn, for its strength and interesting texture. Or maybe Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, with its built-in stripes!

Judoka bag flat

Judoka bag in action

        Judoka with knitting


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Happy Summer Knitting, from the Weaving Works!