A basket full of imperfect hand spun yarn, just waiting to be used. I figured if I wait until I have the perfect hand spun yarn, I will never knit anything!!
My first completed Sheep to product, was a hat for Mike! He has patiently waited for about 17 years for a hat, made from the wool of our sheep.
At long last....
The great thing about making anything handmade for this guy, is the bonus of being treated like you are a GENIUS! He is the most grateful person, I have ever met!
|Hat made from Hand spun Border Leicester (Ethel)|
I made some headbands for me and the girls, great way to keep those ears warm while doing chores. Again, an easy pattern, I just used two strands of the hand spun yarn, to get effect I wanted. I used a Garter Stitch (10-12 stitches wide) Knitted until they were about 19-20 inches long. Seamed the edges together.
|Jacob Hand spun(Natural Colored)|
|Border Leicester hand spun (dyed with Pokeberry and Sumac)|
Today, I decided to try a Mug Sweater (mug cozy) I found a pattern that I liked, and altered it a bit to make it work with the cup I was using. I love how it turned out! I was able to finally use some sheep buttons I had stashed away, just waiting for the perfect project to use them for.
|Border Leicester Hand spun (Dyed with Walnut)|
Last but not least, I wanted to mention that at the Michigan Sheep Breeders Symposium, the photo contest was not the only contest I entered. They had a hand spun Yarn contest. I almost chickened out, but Mike wouldn't hear of it and made me bring it along. It was nice to get some feedback on my yarn.
I seem to struggle at this time of year, I am glad I have wool to keep me busy!