October Yarn Club: Grandmother’s Moon and Handspun Spidersilk

Did I ever show off October yarn club? The color is Grandmother’s Moon and Handspun Spidersilk, and it’s inspired by the book “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald.

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The Princess and the Goblin is a children’s book published in 1872; however, to my mind it still holds up not only as a fairy tale for our time period but also as a good fun read for adults. In it, the person who helps the Princess the most – even though she rarely leaves her garret – is Irene’s Great-great-grandmother. The two things that have stuck with me the most, from the time my grandmother first read it to me as a bedtime story, are the giant light in the ceiling of the Grandmother’s room that appears to be the moon… and the handspun spider silk that she gives to Irene to lead her to safety. Did that subtly turn my mind towards spinning? Perhaps… although I have never spun spider silk (and honestly don’t plan to, because in spite of Charlotte’s Web I am not a fan of spiders).

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If you opted for sock, the yarn is Marion, an 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon blend which gets 6-8 stitches on a US 0-2.

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If you opted for Worsted, the yarn is Delany; an alpaca/wool blend that gets 4-5 stitches to the inch on a US 7-9. This is a non-superwash yarn, so take that into account when you’re considering what to make. This yarn will felt if machine washed in hot water.

Thanks, and stay tuned to hear about November yarn! The next round of club, by the way, is open!

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