Works in Progress
|The mohair bag is finished; you can see it on the Knit page.|
|Here's the update on my sweater/tunic, which I believe I started back in August. I'm on my third ball of yarn. I've divided the stitches onto straight needles and I'm almost done working the back up to the shoulder.|
This one's going to be for myself, a sweater/tunic that I hope to finish in time for winter '05, although if last winter is anything to go by I won't need it. I purchased a raw Border Leicester fleece for the project and carded it on a hand-cranked drum carder, running each batt through the drum twice. The picture shows one of the batts. The wool has not been scoured and I can tell you that cleaning up the drum carder was a lengthy job. When spinning the wool I also have to stop every so often and clean out the wheel's orifice. But it's worth the effort. The resulting two-ply yarn (13 WPI) is beautiful, perfectly balanced, and after two soaks in hot water (no soap) clean but still full of lanolin. I've knitted a swatch on size 8 needles that you can see in the photo. I still have half the fleece to spin and I have to work out the pattern, which I'll post along with the end result this fall.
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