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« on: August 23, 2013 05:36:51 PM »

I've already been posting progress pics of the yarn in the Spinning boards so I thought I would share the whole shebang on these boards.

It started like this. Well, 3 of these:

And then I picked and scoured and it was still nasty so I said F it all and carded it up into these:

Spun it into singles at the market. While in this phase a man was talking to me and told me he wanted me to make him a scarf, didn't even want me to wash it. Just a real "Man's scarf" with the dirt and VM and lanolin all kept in there.

Made it 2 ply:

Wound it into balls using a swift and ball winder. Had 4 of these at 200-300 yards each plus a little 27 yard skein.

And crocheted it up into this basket weave scarf using this pattern from ravelry.

It is super thick and dirty and stinky and greasy but this is basically exactly what I gathered the guy wanted. I hope he likes it. It's about 9" wide by about 65 inches long. I forgot to weight it. Oops.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013 08:01:48 PM »

I didn't realize that dirty and stinky were prerequisites for a "man's scarf".  Roll Eyes

It looks great, tho!

« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013 07:06:09 AM »

It is beautiful - but of course, I can't smell it  Wink. Is it possible to wash it now, if someone should prefer the a non-smelling scarf?

« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013 11:18:09 AM »

You did a really nice job with this; I like that basketweave pattern a lot. It probably is fairly heavy considering it was spun "in the grease." I know some spinners like to work that way (I'm not one of them Smiley ) and I've read it helps make the finished item resistant to water but that seems more appropriate for a sweater or hat than a scarf. Maybe the man just wanted something completely natural. As Taramor said, we can't smell it but if the sheep was (relatively) clean it wouldn't be too bad. I just don't like vegetable matter in my yarns; it seems to always end up in exactly the wrong place and pokes me. Smiley

But still - that's what he wanted. And I hope he appreciates all the effort you put into it.


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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013 05:26:56 PM »

WOW That's really cool!
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013 09:43:53 AM »

Absolutely amazing crafty skills & one lovely scarf! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2013 10:30:09 PM »

Thanks PinkLeo! I'm so excited, I love getting pinned *snrt* Some might say it's better than getting nailed but that all depends. I might also be a little delirious.

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