Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Woe to me!

I spent the rest of Christmas day carding up the dark Shetland "roving" I purchased from Sharon, but I don't think I bought more than 50g, so I'll have to pick up some more when mom and I visit tomorrow. I ended up with a good stack of rolags to spin, but haven't been able to touch them since (worked yesterday and will be working today). Hopefully I'll have some time tomorrow to start spinning them.

I also started on a swatch in the grey/brown mystery fiber, to test how it blocks. I'm leery of lighting it on fire, but maybe once Lindsay gets back from Sturgis, I can recruit her into lighting it on fire for me. The yarn I do have spun from this stuff is too heavy to be used in the shawl, but I've still got plenty more, and the giant white batt that I haven't touched yet. These things are huge - the two batts fill a large green garbage bag and unfold to about 2" x 4" x 1". Lots of fiber to keep me going.

The shawl is probably going to be mainly white, with stripes in the edging of the two brown shades. Before I start knitting though, I'm probably going to buy Sharon Miller's new book Shetland Hap Shawls ~ Then & Now - I've already got her first book (bought it last year when I wrote a paper about knitting in the Shetland Islands), and hopefully this one will be just as good. It's a pity I can't just order it though work - then I'd get a nice bit of a discount.

That's all for now - I'll include pictures in the next post with the giant batts and my rolags, and possibly the swatch for the grey/brown yarn.

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