Monday, June 06, 2011

Not a Complete Slacker

First project from my home-spun: a slouchy hat. I forget which knitting book the pattern came from. Spun from 100% merino purchased at Gaspereau Valley Fibres. The granny square blanket is done at long last! 100% wool, felted down lightly, it measures 62" square. I have at least another six on the go, in various sizes, stash busting at its finest. The Ruched Yoke Tee is done and has been getting a lot of wear. It fits great! I'm thrilled with it! Got my lamb fix during my visit to Gaspereau Valley Fibres where the Sheep Thrills were competing in the annual Back to Back Challange. This year they were using a gorgeous black fleece, the lighter tips giving the knitting a lovely variegation. Also got to chat with Deb Barnhill while she knit, what an amazing lady! This is some more of my home-spun, 76 grams worth and destined to be mittens for Brianna after my hubby dyes it to her specifications. This yarn came from one of my sheep that I raised while still on the farm, that I manually sheared (what an experience that was!), scrubbed, picked, carded (combined effort with Brianna: she's an excellent carder!), and of course spun. A learning experience for sure, especially about the evils of second cuts, oh my! Far from perfect but I'm making progress. The singles were much more even than my first attempt and except for the bits of second cuts that I didn't make too much effort not to spin in, this yarn will make a very serviceable pair of mittens. I am quite pleased.

I have a pair of socks on the needles again, and I am contemplating getting back to work on last year's Olympic Sweater. It's been pouting, abandoned, in the knitting basket long enough.

1 comment:

Dorothy said...

one of the ladies from the knitting group I go to was at the thing at Gaspereau Valley. Mona.
I posted, you posted, guess that means it's my turn again?? :)