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Thursday, September 17, 2009

yvonne shawl from cocoknits

It feels like no time has passed at all even though it had been too long. Same breath but it feels like ages, but really nothing's changed. Now it's only the distance without a foil.

My son started school and it's been a blur-- I didn't even realize I hadn't written until taking these pictures today.

Yvonne Shawl by Cocoknits
Handspun 3-ply from scoured, combed corriedale lamb (Tour de Fleece spinning)
Started & finished: after the TdF? srsly it's a blur :)
US 6 40" Addi Natura

I wouldn't have even taken pics today except for the fact I need to weave in one end and send this and the remainder of the skein to Schacht... I was thrilled to learn yesterday that my 2 handspun skeins as well as the tablet woven band made on my Flip were chosen as finalists for the 40th anniversary contest Schacht Spindle held. The actual entries are due in CO next week, and as distorted as I've been I need to get them out the door before I forget :)

I say one end to weave in because the whole shawl took under 2 skeins... two giant skeins. This is the big one I entered...

5.5oz, ~925 yds

That's my hand! That came out of one bobbin!


The skeins really did get this wonderful texture after I really aggressively fulled and shocked them-- hot water, cold water, hot water, cold water, agitateagitate, moremoredontstop... SMACK! against the walls. Too fun... and knit up into a beautiful, felted-tweed type cohesive fabric.


Looking closely you can see the hopeful shots of grey in the brown in the occasional one of three plies. The welt pattern gives this simple shawl a really interesting depth as well.

It really is a simple shawl, but so lovely. I know, I should have modelled pics :) but I really do like it on me even if I hate looking at myself. I'm ox-wide across but the exact same shawl looked just as great on Adrienne when she tried it on at the Workshop. On both of us there remained movement when worn, a hint of ruffle or grace at the edge echoing the staggered increases. A ridiculously simple and effective pattern.

I keep thinking that this would be a great beginner project, so much better than a scarf-- just knit and purl, with LOTS of practice. The first rounds would be closer to the body and hidden, the cast off edge is the display side and after so many stitches any new knitter would have to have improved :) Not to say more experienced knitters wouldn't enjoy it-- it replaced my walkaround socks/mindless knitting project for those times when my hands just couldn't be still and needed something to touch.


The real joy was the yarn though-- working with my handspun and in so visible a project, I can SEE how consistent my spinning was with every bit pf progress and it thrills me because that's just what I was trying for. A definite lesson learned that I am applying to my current fleece-to-sweater project...


I've finally picked it up again, my gorgeous, painfully true black sweater from trueblack fleece. Marble Peaks Ranch breeds for true black corriedale and corrie x rambouillet sheep (they show and win ribbons for both sheep and fleece, an anomaly among shepherds)... and I just love the black fleece I won at last year's auction. (The same one I used in the English combs combing post.) I didn't allow myself to buy another black fleece at Monterey this year since I needed to finish this sweater, but bet you me it'll be done soon cos I want another Marble Peaks fleece!!

The reason I stopped knitting on this was partly because I started spinning for the Tour, but also because the skein I'm knitting with is visibly lighter than the previous ones. I'd say "shaping!" and "design detail!" but it's 11" in from the bottom and at a weird spot on the bust... you can see I just crumpled the poor wip up in exasperation. I think I'll just set the lighter skein aside and start spinning again-- all of the yarn I need to complete the sweater. Even, consistent yarn... the lesson taken away from the Tour for me :)

Missed you!


Anonymous said...

Um, excuse me, but you are NOT ox-wide. My mom says you are cute as a button and she wanted to put you in her pocket, and she's a mom so you have to believe her. It's in The Code.

The shawl is gorgeous, congratulations!!! about the Schact contest, and the trueblack sweater will be lovely! Have you considered alternating the lighter skein with an upcoming darker one? I'm sure you have. You're clever like that.

I moved the EK batts so they're next to the Henna bag on my desk. They're chatting and getting to know one another. Only good can come of this.

lexa said...

Congrats on making the finals! The shawl is gorgeous.

Gale Bulkley said...

Congratulations! It sounds exciting to be a finalist.

The shawl is absolutely gorgeous. I am going to buy that pattern right now.

Jody said...

I can see all the lovely colour variations in your shawl. It's beautiful!
I really am spoiled too...I luv working with my own handspun and I almost never buy yarn anymore.

Jody said...

I just realized your shawl is a cocoknits pattern. I am knitting the Marina sweater in my 2 ply handspun bayblack alpaca :)

Kathryn said...

Lambtown in Dixon is in 12 days (Oct 3)! I am beyond excited- I will be getting my one allowed fleece there this year.

What about you?

Anonymous said...

I am blown away by the shawl. The fulling definitely did make the fabric more amazing.

tara said...

Whoa. That is one BIG skein! And your shawl is just...breathtaking! I love how it shows off your handspun...a true inspiration!

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