Friday, April 16, 2010
Fiber Orphans, Part One
I made four adult-sized prayer shawls and while I was knitting and thinking about the dear old folks who would receive them, I thought I'd like to make a little prayer shawl for a four-year-old little friend of mine. She is very girly and loves pink, loves to cuddle and still sucks her thumb. I had a 4 ounce washable merino roving that was part of my orphaned fiber stash (dyed, but no plan) and so I set myself a goal of seeing how fast I could do the project.
I divided the wool in half and spun it with a long draw, paying little attention to grist. I spun what I spun. After one night on the bobbins, I plied the two together. Time spend spinning - 3 hours. I finished the yarn and once it was dry, I started to knit. I had just under 300 yards of thick 'n thin.
We were using a triangular shawl pattern that called for heavy yarn and size 13 needles. I figured I could make a mini version using size 7 needles. I cast on, knitted the shawl, and cast off. I had ONE YARD of yarn left! Whew! Time spent knitting - 3 hours. It was exactly the right size for a little girl and I have been informed that it lives in the pile of snuggle blankies on my little friend's bed.
I am working at using my orphan fiber. I've got rovings, carded batts, and a lot of yarn that never made it to a project. Please tell us about any orphan projects you've recently completed, or you plan/strategy for using up stash!
More about Fiber Orphans in upcoming posts.