To the Left, To the Left

I have a lot of insomnia stories – I’m great at parties, let me tell you – and they’re mostly as incredibly boring as you would expect. Like when I was pregnant the second time? And I would wake up for the day at 3 in the morning? I did so much spinning! The end.

A few years ago my esteemed parents-in-law gave me a Hansen miniSpinner for Christmas. I was so surprised and so pleased and so spoiled (linking to Hansen’s site makes me feel both unworthy and grateful all over again) and when I sat down to play with my new toy I was so completely flummoxed. What a disaster. My mother in law arranged a short tête-à-tête with Beth, the miniSpinner’s purveyor (aren’t I lucky? I’m seriously lucky) who set me on my way.

My Precious:

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Trying to find light on a dark early fall morning

My spoils still on hand:

Yeah, I was doing a lot of not sleeping.

I had started a Baby Surprise Jacket because a BSJ in handspun is the absolute peak of knitting perfection and I’ve thought so since seeing Brooklyn Tweed’s version way back when. I’ll pause here to brag about my own successful handspun BSJs…

…because this skein didn’t turn out to be one of them. Not enough yarn. Womp womp.  I set the project aside and decided I would make a cowl someday and here it is. The left-learning stitches are a sign of an unbalanced yarn, but a handspun’s imperfections are part of a its charm.

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I’m sleeping much better, now, though you wouldn’t know it from any of the photos I took of myself.
Pattern: Simple Yet Effective by Alexa Ludeman, Tin Can Knits
Size: Smaller
Yarn: 2-ply handspun, Crown Mountain Farms, Awakening
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I’d originally titled this post “A Little to the Left,” but I’m too much of a prude to use it.

Insomnia is also a big part of why/when/how I started sewing. Like I said, great at parties.