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« on: September 02, 2011 07:16:52 PM »

Here is my Sheep to Shawl challenge entry. I have named it the Fan Tail shawl as the color inspiration was a peacock's colors.

The pattern is the Monongahela Shawl on Ravelry by Gabrielle Marsden. I learned a lot with this shawl. I cord cast-on, i-cord selvedge, and i cord bind off. Plus lots of shaping and other tips. It was interesting because at the end of each lace bad there were short rows to make it hug the shoulders.
I made the 4 repeat, 9 lace band version and used 760 yards of yarn. Yarn is an average fingering weight, some thinner spots and some thicker, 2 ply. The only portion I did not dye was the black, as my fluff was already black.

My wool came out of my gigantic space bag of Sheep Shed Wool.


Dyed 4 times. First with Easter Egg Dye Pellets, then twice with Wilton's dyes. Then after spinning was dyed with liquid food color. This is after three times and dried.


Spun Singles in Green

Plied Green on the wheel

Blue yarn getting its 4th dye bath

Spun, plied, twist set, and dyed. This picture shows the truest colors.


Black wool also from SS.


Black yarn spun and plied.


Almost done knitting!


Before blocking.


Blocking in progress on a queen size bed.


Finished!

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011 07:33:36 PM »

Wow, this is beautiful!  You should get extra credit for all that dying.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2011 07:48:16 PM »

I love seeing lace knits before and after blocking. It's such an amazing transformation. Very well done, and I agree, you should get extra brownie points for all that dying.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2011 08:07:21 PM »

this is totally fabulous. So gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2011 08:29:15 PM »

Really beautiful!  I just love the color progression!  Looks so pretty hanging on the railing with the sun shining though it.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2011 09:04:11 PM »

That looks awesome, I'm sure it took a long time. I'd love to learn how to spin yarn like that.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2011 12:10:20 AM »

So pretty. And I love the peacock colours. Thank you for all the in-progress pictures.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2011 01:19:30 AM »

Beautiful with all the different colours!
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2011 06:18:01 AM »

Beautiful color combo. I have that shawl on my to-do list!  I admire your dedication in dyeing.  Getting just the right color can sometimes be a frustrating process.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2011 08:28:57 PM »

Thanks everyone! I need to get a worn picture too. I agree that getting just the right color can be a frustrating process especially since the color looks so much different when its dry too.
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