Archive for November, 2010

Ivan Yarn!

Hello again, dear readers! As many of you know, my husband and I keep two fiber goats on our farm: Hamlet, a full angora goat, and Ivan, a pygora goat (pygmy + angora). We’ve had them since Fall 2009, though Spring 2010 was the first time we had them professionally sheared. [I previously attempted to do it myself with poor results.] After shearing, I washed and packed away Hamlet’s fleece to process on my own later, but I decided to send Ivan’s fleece to a fiber mill because there were guard hairs that needed to be removed.

This post from late-April 2010 has photos of the goats before and after this shearing.

I spread out the fleece to skirt it (remove the bad parts) before shipping to the mill – this photo is from May 2010:

A closer look at the the guard hair I mentioned. It’s actually pretty soft, so I asked the mill to do a “regular” dehairing, as opposed to a more thorough Cashmere dehairing:

After 5 months of waiting, we received nearly 2.5 lbs of lovely sport-ish weight yarn. My wonderful husband included several skeins in a recent package to me in Norway. Here are a couple of them:

Isn’t it gorgeous?! I hate to sound like that-crazy-goat-lady, but I’m so proud of my sweet Ivan for growing such nice fiber! I can’t wait to knit this up into something cozy.

The goats received their Fall 2010 shearing in October, and hubby sent both of their fleeces off to a different fiber mill for processing. [I hate to speak badly about folks in the fiber community, and I certainly won’t name names, but I was less than impressed with the communication and customer service at our last fiber mill. The fiber turned out beautifully, but I couldn’t handle a repeat of our last 5 month long ordeal.] Just a few days after we sent the fiber, the new mill called hubby to say they had received it (!) and to chat about Ivan’s fleece in particular. They said they would begin processing it immediately, so I imagine we’ll have more yarn soon. I hope it turns out well, because from a customer service standpoint, they’re already wowing us. Stay tuned!

Handspun Hat

Hello readers! Some of you may remember this skein of merino/tencel yarn I blogged about almost exactly 1 year ago:

I’ve finally knit this into a warm hat for myself. [It’s terribly embarrassing that I’ve taken so long!] I improvised the pattern using a wave lattice edge. I wanted something subtle that wouldn’t be lost among the variations in yarn thickness.

Admittedly not the best photo of me wearing it, but I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s warm, cozy, and snug on my head (just how I like my hats). The project is Raveled here and includes more instructions.

Aran Cedar Leaf Scarf

Hello, dear readers. Please excuse my long absence! I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately and I’m afraid blogging has fallen by the wayside. The good news is that I have many knitting & fiber-related things to share, so expect several posts in the next week or so.

First up, is the Aran Cedar Leaf Scarf I finished in early October. The patten is based on the Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, but with modifications for using aran weight yarn. I love this design and didn’t want to wait until Spring try it out. The scarf ended up being just over 2 meters long! It wraps around my neck several times, but doesn’t feel bulky. I’m attributing that to the DROPS Nepal (65% wool, 35% alpaca), which is one of my new favorite yarns. I will definitely knit with it again.

I agonized over the color choice. I loved the green yarn used to knit the original shawlette, but thought I should choose a color that’s more “winter appropriate.” I decided to go with green after all – that way I’ll have a little taste of Spring to get me though the chilly Norwegian winter.

The project is Raveled here and includes a list of my mods. I love this scarf. I wear it constantly!

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