So if you’ve been following along or have read my homepage, you will know I have been working on a Wool of the Week project. I’ve been working on it since October when I processed, spun, and dyed some Suffolk breed sheep wool fiber from its raw state to a beautiful, rich, dark blue.
I picked out different breeds from my stash and went through my process, then researched the breed and wrote about it all here. I learned a lot so far.
Now, for some reason, I chose to do this project at the end of the year, the ~busy~ end of the year… atop of that, I decided on the perfect end project for the yarn… A sweater!
And I never really announced that here as I got caught up in visitors, and schedules, and parties, and the rush of everything all wrapped up in coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, sugar, and illness.
I’ve had to recharge, and working on this sweater, quietly, with low documentation, has been like a sponge for all the (noise, noise, noise, noise) ((grinchy, anyone?😉)).
I had worked and documented each step, but as it became a rhythm and routine, I just fell forward into the dance.
With this sweater, I’ve been in a whirlwind of colour and a tumbleweed of fluff…
Breed bios went out the window… Dare I commit to trying to go back and track down what’s what? Maybe I’ll just do a write up of alllll the other breeds I included in one go with a picture of it all…
It was so much fluff…
In the end, I used up every bit of white fiber from my collection, and a few of the naturals. (Can anybody say “stash buster!”?)
I wanted to do a fun advent calendar with all the communities doing those, but I didnt even have time to do all the things I had planned anyways. And the point was I wanted to spin and knit. And i spun and knitted. Every day of Advent. I spun until the 21st (the day spinners traditionally wrapped up their wheels in Ivy vines for a rest (and I rested the entire time until Distaff day on the 7th); then I knitted until the 24th.
I picked back up knitting in the new year and knitted until I felt like it. 😂 I decided I wanted one more colour shift. I also decided I’m liking it so far! I’ve tried it on at a variety of stages and have been more and more impressed. Anywho, now I have to spin more yarn. I’ve run out of different breeds, but I still have some washed Wensleydale and Tunis breed wools, so I’m going to use up that.
We can do these things. It is possible. To have clothes you’ve made, by your own hand, out of your own imagination. Live colorful, my friends.
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A sustainability major at U of L, beginning farmer, crafter, and writer.