Saturday, February 12, 2011

spinning and knitting..

 a couple of months ago i found a mystery fleece in the basement which the fiber goddess must have left for me, as i had no recollection of where it came from and of course it was not labeled as to the sheep breed represented in the bag 'o wool. so, i washed some of it and dyed some and put some of it with a variety of other fibers in a fiber mix which i sold.  the rest of it went into a bin in my studio with a whole bunch of other unlabeled fiber... and luckily this was all recent enough that i knew what it was and why it was there!!  all this to say... the green fiber here was part of that stash and looked tempting and since it had been an age since i'd spun any yarn straight from the fleece without processing it first... it seemed a goood thing to do... so i did!  and really enjoyed the feel of the fleece which still had a bit of grease in it tho it'd been washed and dyed.  i was trying to ignore the buzz of MSNBC pundits on the tv and kind of zoned out to some other place, which brought me to the days when i'd shear my sheep, then rush to my spinning wheel with a big handful of each fleece, so anxious to check that year's bounty of wool that i wouldn't wait til it was washed and dried.  ah, the days of sheep keeping and a wealth of wool.....

another find in that mess of boxes in the storage place in the basement!  in a big ole zippered bag was an entire project... meaning the pattern and the yarn and the completed back piece of a vest!!  sweet discoveries some days.  it started out to be the Sakora vest from "Folk Vests" (Interweave Press)... then i started my typical tweaking and knit it side-to-side rather than bottom to top, which brought other adjustments and tweakings when i knit the fronts.  the fronts and back are connected at the sides with 4 or 5" knitted piece, which looks kind of silly in a photo, but is ok in person.

so a happy ending to an aging UFO... well, it's not the end til i finish one more tweak.....

the back

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