Dang. Lately, I've been on a real handspun bender! These are all handspun that I've gotten this year - the first two I just bought at Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle this last weekend. I went with a new friend and a few of her friends, and we had a great time! As usual, I am powerless to the handspun - I bought the first from Spincycle Yarns - 120 yards of BFL goodness in the colorway Wall Flower - and the second from another local spinner called Yarnarchy. It doesn't have a tag, but the vendor said that it's 100 yards, the colorway was inspired by cherry blossoms, and I think it's either a BFL or some other specialty wool.
I don't know what is about handspun that I love so much - if it's the slightly rustic thick-and-thin quality, or the interesting fiber content, or the lovely colorways that occur when spinners use handpainted batts and/or play with the colors when they ply. I also love getting handspun at events or while traveling, because it's so often unique to the particular area that you get it. Someday, I figure I will get into spinning, but for now I'm content to support local spinners!
I'm pretty happy that I've been actually using my handspun stash, but right now I haven't figured out good patterns for these ones. They're all so special that I want to find the right things to make with them!