Friday, August 31, 2007

Fiberly pursuits

I finally finished spinning, plying and skeining the wonderful "Black Forest Truffle" Corriedale roving; I got 528 yards from slightly less than 8 oz. The photo doesn't really show all the yummy colors in this tweedy yarn.

So, with the Corriedale roving (thanks again, Arianie!) off the wheel, I'm finally diving into the big Romney/Border Leicester ram fleece my farrier gave me. I'm flicking the washed (but not very clean) locks and making my first attempt at a bulkier single (which I will probably dye and make into a bulky two-ply yarn). This is STRONG fiber, very different than anything else I've spun so far (like I have vast experience.... ;-). There is a LOT of it, so there's plenty to play with.
And I'm nearly done with the mini-cardigan! I just have to add the contrasting trim around the front and neck, seam up the sleeves, and sew on three big buttons. I think I will really like this sweater IF it's not too short in the body. I have a high-waisted moleskin skirt that matches the darker contrast yarn; they should look sharp together. I sure I'll use this fun pattern (from "Fitted Knits" by Stefanie Japel, on the Lion Brand website courtesy of North Light Books) again; I really like all the shaping. Hmm, that bulky yarn I'm planning to spin from the fleece above might work nicely....
That's it for now at . . .

6 comments:

Tina T-P said...

How pretty! T.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

The sweater is gorgeous, Michelle. I'd wear something like that in a heartbeat! I bet you are going to look great in that outfit you described.

The truffle yarn is pretty too. Thanks for sharing your projects.
:)

Lauren said...

Boy howdy, for someone who not long ago had never knit a sweater, you sure are catching up.

Great job!

Kathy L. said...

Nice sweater! And I'm glad to see you spinning again! That must mean some of the hectic-ness of your life has resolved and you can now find some time for YOU. :)

But we need to se you modeling the sweater!

Nancy K. said...

What a pretty sweater! I want to knit a sweater. And socks. And fingerless mitts. All I knit is shawls. Oh yes, and my blanket that I'm working on....

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

shepherdchik said...

The yarn looks great!