I do a fair amount of knitting over here, but rarely share finished projects with you. I'm not sure why, but sometimes I feel like you don't need to know what's in my project basket or what's blocking by the fire.
This one, though, is special.
Because this yarn began it's journey right here on the farm. Home grown, home dyed, hand knit. All by me.
When we took our road-trip last fall I dropped a huge bundle of our flock's wool off at Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont. Two year's worth of fiber from our ewes and lambs. When the wool came home a couple of weeks ago I set to work immediately to dye some skeins, then cast on my first project. And nothing could be more satisfying that knitting with yarn you grew yourself. (Who knew?)
The pattern is Lonely Tree, and I dyed the wool with dyes from Greener Shades, blending a purple, blue, and pink. You can find my project here on Ravelry.
My next project with our homegrown yarn will be natural dyes, using the black hollyhocks that I grew last summer, elderberries I harvested from our farm, and pokeweed that Lupine and I foraged on our return trip from Maine. I can hardly wait to get started!
Thanks to Pete for the photos. x
6 thoughts on “A homegrown shawl”
What a beautiful process! Being a sheep keeper and knitter, I love seeing your knitting projects!
I think it’s divine! Thanks for letting us see. 😉
I didn’t think it could look better, but in person, it’s even more beautiful!
Your shawl is featured on the Ravelry homepage! How cool! Beautiful project, and beautiful blog– thanks for your honest and words, especially on parenting and decluttering. Looking forward to more!
What the what!? That would explain the comments that have been coming in. So fun! Thanks for letting me know, Amy! And thanks for the kind words.
really beautiful! well done!