The concept of sheep to shawl is part of what drew me to spinning. Today’s “finished object” is exciting for me because while I don’t think you have to worry about me starting AT the sheep with an unprocessed fleece, I did enjoy creating a batt far more than I should admit.
Back at our spin-in, I had my first drum carder experience. I made a purdy mostly mohair batt, and knew it was small and precious and would just have to sit and wait for the right little project.
Sorry I don’t have a photo of the yarn itself. It was roughly sport weight once it fluffed up. It was navajo plied, which for the non-spinners means it was three strands thick, with about 80 yards.
I don’t want to say too much about the project because it’s supposed to be a bit of a surprise for a Ravelry friend who needs some friendly gestures, but teal is one of her favorite colors, so as soon as I remembered this batt was sitting on a bobbin waiting to be wound into a skein…
Project: Special square
Pattern: Citizen Kane by our own Grace! She designed it as a cloth pattern, but while my photo above isn’t strongly blocked, it does make a pretty pattern that is easy to block to 8 x8 or whatever dimensions your group is using. Good thing it’s an easy pattern, because we lost internet and I’d never bothered to print the PDF file…
Yarn: See above.
Needles: I did use US #5 straights to get the lightly blocked 8 inch x 8 inch square I needed. You could use #9s and get a very lacy 10-inch square… and no, you don’t need to ask how I know.
Verdict: I’ll be doing this project again very soon, in cotton. I like a dishcloth with some texture.
So! What’s up for your weekend? I don’t know what we’ll end up doing, but Dog House Yarns & More is having its first sale…