My friend Megan sent me some gorgeous handspun in a swap, and no sooner was it out of the package than my daughter's eyes lit up, "I want you to make me something with that!" This time of year the temperature can rise 30 degrees over the course of the day, so I loved the idea of making some leg warmers she could wear to school in the morning, and take off in the afternoon. I fell in love with the idea of brioche because it let me stretch out the handspun by pairing it with a commercial yarn, it makes them look extra fancy, and they're reversible, which is nice for a recipient with budding fine motor skills.
This was my first brioche project, and it was fun. It was easy to get into the rhythm, and these sped along. I think it is such a lovely way to highlight handspun. You can really see the color changes, and it looks good as the foreground or the background. I chose to pair it with the Patons because the handspun is BFL/Silk, and I wanted a workhorse match to make these last on the playground.
I will be sad when the weather warms up and these go in a drawer until next year. Do you have any projects you've made to highlight a special yarn?