We have several sheep that are a very light shade of gray and I love to over-dye gray wool, so I found a pattern for a shawl that I really liked (wish I could share the pattern with you but I can’t seem to find it!) and decided that I would do an honest to goodness “Sheep To Shawl” project. Armed with 3 pounds of fleece from our sheep Ivy, I set out to find the perfect color..ta da! It was Landscape’s Salmon. I dyed the entire fleece and I fell in love. The spinning process was rather lengthy because I only have time to work on my own projects when I’m not spinning for an ordered or making goats milk soaps and lotions. It took almost six months to finish spinning the yarn..once the singles were done, I had to ply all of it..another month!
Finally, after setting the twist I was ready to start knitting. It took almost a month to complete the knitting process but I have to say, I am very pleased with the result. The next step was to add the fringe and these really cool hand painted wooden beads that I found at a vintage clothing store.
Now that it’s done, I’ve decided that it really isn’t a personal project after all and have made it my feature garment of 2009 to sell as a Christmas gift and unveiled her at the Fall Festival last weekend. I had a couple of skeins of yarn left over, thinking that someone might want to make a hat or mitts to go with it. The first person that walked up to our table bought the yarn to use for a lacy border on a blanket she had just finished knitting. The shawl did not sell but it probably will before the end of the Holiday season.
Here are a couple of photos that I’d like to share.
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I love taking my alpaca to a finished project. So far, I have only completed one but the awesome pride I felt was amazing. Someone wanted to buy the scarf….I couldn’t part with it. It was the first knitted project from my first skein of my homespun alpaca (not my first handspun ever…just from my herd) I know I need to get over it….but until then, that scarf will remain as a display of what will one day be hand-knitted from my hand-spun.
Thanks for sharing. It’s a beautiful shawl! Good luck with your holiday sales.
Wow! That is so beautiful. I love the sheep to shawl thing. It’s so awesome.
I used to laugh about the “Martha Stewart-ness” of doing it all yourself, but I’ve been sucked into the process and love it! I have yet to grow the berries to dye with (though my husband is pushing it) but I will probably be there one day. Lol!
Thanks so much for sharing this. It is really inspirational, my friend. You rock.
Cool! Have to agree with the Sheep to Shawl reference!
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