I'll admit, I'm usually pretty selfish with my crafts. I don't have as much time as I wish I had to work on my projects, so when I do have the time, it's usually something for me. But this summer, I've learned how much joy the things that I make can bring to others.
If you've been following my blog, you know that I offered several items that I have made as prizes in my fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Most of the prizes were already completed, but there are a few that were custom made for the winners.
The first was a handwoven scarf, won by Amanda. She picked out a fantastic skein of Wollmeise sock yarn in one of the sock club colorways, Hollerstaud'n. I think this scarf is so beautiful! There are definitely more Wollmeise scarves in my future.
I also am working on the hat that Tammy won. She picked out a pattern that I couldn't resist making out of handspun. I love the fiber she selected. I've only spun half of it because I wanted to make sure I got it bulky enough. I am completely enamored by this yarn, but's a little thinner than I had hoped, so I'll be back at the wheel to see if I can get the squishy bulky yarn I wanted. I'm sure I'll come up with something else to make out of this.
This last skein of yarn was not from the fundraiser. At The Loopy Ewe Spring Fling, I made a deal with my friend Jessica. I would spin a skein of 3-ply sock yarn, and she would knit me a pair of colorwork socks - something I would never make for myself!
The socks she knit for me are the Norwegian Rose socks by Wendy Johnson. I think I got the better end of the deal.
The yarn I spun for her is Rambouillet - a very soft and springy wool - hand dyed by JulieSpins. While there were times when I wanted to throw this wool out the window...we just didn't get along very well...I am very happy I stuck with it. I know Jessica is going to make something beautiful with it!