My handspun sweater is done, done, done, and is drying as I type. Its appearance on the blog will be forthcoming shortly. I have a slew of yarn leftover, which I can be only grateful for as I desperately needed an entire skein to use for the alternative sleeve.
I had started a headband with the first yarn I thought I wanted to use for this sweater, and then added in 15 yards of the second on a whim, and then used a partial skein of the final yarn to finish it off for wearing.
You can clearly see the early yarn mix on the bottom (browner and just two ply); the less brown but still too light mix in the middle...also a two ply; and the final more blue-gray 3 ply I settled on for the sweater, on top.
I love headbands, They are probably, hands down, the most useful garment I knit. Our winters here in the Hudson Valley can be brutal in January and February (although it's hard to believe when you stand in the noon sun in August). I like to walk daily in winter and hats are OK, but HEADBANDS are better. I usually have one lolling around my neck (in all angora) and one snugged up over my ears and forehead. The wider they are, the better, for they cover more skin. They are useful when the air is so cold it burns your skin, for you can pull the neck one up to cover nose and mouth and simply breathe through it. I am knitting them a minimum of 5" wide now, as well as a tad on the small side, for they stretch into shape and narrow their coverage a bit once on.
They are great for gifting and use up small amounts of precious handspun. 50 yards of bulky is all you need.