Anyway, I've been saving some special yarn for a special project and this will be perfect. It's a blend of wool from a dear little pet sheep named Flip (who I sadly have no pictures of) which I dyed pink, all the fur I accumulated from our wonderful Molly dog, and also some odd bits of pretty silk, some dark red mohair and a little peach colored angora. Quite the combo, but it spun up beautifully and I ended with just a few ounces shy of 5 whole pounds. And it's been in my stash for..... years. Molly died in 2007. I'm not sure if I had the roving made before or after she crossed The Bridge.
So before heading to Rhinebeck on the guild's bus, I got everything out with plans to get started on it while I had a busload of great knitters
captive available to ask questions.
The Special Yarn
Molly's fur muted the pink wool to a lovely plum color. Bits of the peach and red show up too.
I armed myself with my Denise needle set as I had no clue what I should use, the pattern, stitch markers, a row counter and a hefty ball of the yarn. The rest is safely back in the stash for future projects. All went according to plan, and having settled on size 9 needles (thanks Wendy and Bonnie for the frequent advice and hand-holding) I started the pattern. Three false starts and I was underway. At the risk of jinxing myself, it really IS an easy pattern and I recommend it as a confidence builder if you are knitophobic like me.
I've just completed the second lace row and it all seems to be working. They yarn is handling nicely and Molly's fur is raising a dark, fuzzy, angora-like halo on it! I'm going to try to get it done by Christmas and it will be my present to myself.
And maybe a shawl pin.