Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Lady's Sweater

It start just the same as the Men's Sweater, with raising that cute little lamb and all.

But this time I pulled out the lighter shades of gray of Carnie's fleece and blended it with some mohair I had been gifted during the Tour de Fleece a few years back.

It was all just another experiment gone right. The result is such a soft lofty yarn with just a touch of shimmer and halo that was a dream to spin and knit with.

The pattern is one I has admired for a while, Ann Hanson's Violet.  My own homegrown, handspun yarn seemed like a good choice to do it justice.

{How about those buttons?!}

Most of the this knitting took place during our every other week sessions at the infusion lab.
Fritz's nurses have tracked my progress on this one and I look forward to showing them the finished project. They are a wonderful group of people, 

who take such good care of us. 
Always Grateful, 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seeing Green

My big guy sheep Carnie produces and enormous fleece. His colors are beautiful ranging from a light silvery gray to dark gray to black with a big chunk of browns and tans just to keep it interesting. 
I do love natural colored wool, but after the dye workshop I went to, I was inspired to play around with some of the leftover 2017 fleece I still had sitting around. 

What I wanted to create was a dark green mossy colored yarn with lots of tonal variation. I wanted some of the natural colors to shine through.
So I choose a lighter brighter green acid dye ("avocado") and went to work. For fun I threw in a little bit of Mac's tan fleece and a couple of locks of white fleece from Leo for comparison. This was just an experiment after all.

What's more amazing than the colors I ended up with is that I managed not to felt any of this wool after cooking it for almost an hour!

I was thrilled with how it came out. But the real test was to spin up a bit and knit a swatch.

I get so tickled when a plan comes together just like I have in my mind. 
{wouldn't it be wonderful if I could make EVERYTHING in life work out that way?!}

I love the colors.

So much so,
This Happened:

It will be a while before I get all this spun.
I am seeing a lot of green outside now (finally) and the gardens need some love too. 

Hope your world is full of the colors you love,