Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Ladies and Gents! The Premier Modeling of 'Anne's Shoulder Shawl !'
This little shoulder shawl...'Anne's Shoulder Shawl'...say, could this be a pattern from Anne of Green Gables day?....excitement stirs here...ah, probably not. I like it very much anyway =). All of the blue/gray variegated was hand dyed and spun by me.
The wool was Corriedale roving (roving is sheep's wool that has been commercially washed, and combed and sent back to the person ready to spin). This roving was purchased through my spinning guild. I dyed it at a 'dye workshop' again...one our spinning guild held last fall. I remember the gray dye is called 'Silver Birch' and I didn't catch what the blue dye was called.
We used the 'painting' method where you wet your wool roving...lay it out on saran wrap covered tables...use a sponge brush to dip into jars of dye and paint stripes of color on your wool. Then, you roll the wool up like a giant cinnamon roll...covered tightly with the saran wrap all around. Next it goes into a large roasting pan outdoors...to steam. This sets the color completely!Then, you let it dry and its ready to spin. Yes, work but oooooh so rewarding!
I ran out of the blue and ended up knitting the edging with Bernat gray. and I love the contrast! The edging was fun to do, using 'live stitches'. The pattern is from '2008 Knitting with Desiree Scales and friends'. I loved this box of patterns so much my sweet husband has already used a JoAnn's coupon and bought me the Calendar box of 2009 and put it back for Christmas. Oh happy day!