Suzie Blackman
Thursday, 11 June 2015

I’m still new enough to spinning that when I start a project, I can’t predict how it will turn out. I picked a batt of random fibre from Spin City UK‘s Etsy store (now temporarily offline) for research purposes, and well just for fun really. The batt is a blend of alpaca, copper-coloured angelina, faux cashmere and wool, in pink, turquoise, black and purple, with felted wool bobbles for added randomness.

Starry Starry Night fibre from Spin City UK

Starry Starry Night fibre from Spin City UK

I did my best to blend it evenly but it was not the easiest thing to spin.
One skein from the Starry Night batt
And quite difficult to come up with a use for it, but I needed a new Kindle cover so thought I’d give it a try. After all, from odd-looking cocoons, beautiful butterflies emerge.

Knitted Kindle cover in handspun yarn

I worked a figure-of-eight cast on on small needles to form the bottom, then worked in the round and finished with a few rows of garter stitch – simple.

It turned out perfect for the job. The lumpy bits and bobbles even serve to add a bit of extra protection for the Kindle.

Knitted Kindle cover in handspun yarn

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Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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