I had to laugh this morning when I looked out the bedroom window into the back yard and saw this.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I love it when projects go like this one did.
Way back last year, early last year, I bought some fiber. It was a special deal from Ashland Bay that had a variety of unusual wool fibers, including "Portuguese" wool and Masham (a breed of sheep). I had some dark chocolate Shetland (another breed of sheep) in my stash already so that gave me a natural white (Portuguese), medium grayish brown (Masham), and dark brown (Shetland). Several years ago I'd used the Ashland Bay Apple Green to spin some yarn for mittens and a scarf and I loved the color. I thought that would be a great pop of color to go with the natural colors so I got some of that as well. Late last year on my trip to Maine, I got to go to Halcyon Yarns (one of my absolute favorite places in the universe) and while I was there I found a Merino (yet another sheep breed) mix of 3 shades of natural colors that you spin together and get a medium brown with good depth to it.
I chose my needles and number of stitches to cast on (based on the cabled poncho pattern) and started out. Actually first of all, knit a swatch using all the colors and decided that was how I wanted to start off. And then I carried on. I decided that, because of the chunky yarn, I should use smaller motif designs. With my handy pattern dictionary at my side, I looked through, found a few that I liked, decided the order of them and I knit. Once I got to the next section and it seemed like it was time for another one, I chose and knit another one and so on.