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« on: August 29, 2016 02:50:38 PM »

I'm a really avid spinner but I've found that indie dyed fiber is generally sold in 4oz braids and there's only so many single skein projects I want to do. So I decided to dye, spin, and knit the February Lady, an adult sized adaptation of an Elizabeth Zimmerman baby sweater. I decided to do a 3-ply yarn in about a dk weight. I did 33 ounces total, 24 ounces of romney for the body and then another 9 ounces of merino for the yoke and sleeves. The goal was to not spend too much money on materials. Smiley I spent about $30 on the raw wool and dyed it with food colouring, doing a light blue, a dark blue, and brown. This was my first dye project and the third thing I ever spun.

I started with all the important tools: 3 lbs of wool, a spinning wheel, and some judgemental cats:

After getting a feel for spinning the romney I dyed the wool before spinning because I wanted to get that barber pole effect. I got quite a lot of variegation in my dye vats because I was dealing (relatively) large amounts in one little pot. I tried to be okay with that:

I spun 8 oz of each main colour on a vintage Louet. Ignore the kromski bobbin, it's full of alpaca:

The Louet bobbins are enormous and I did all my plying on it in order to have as few joins as possible:

It was an awful lot of yarn...

You can see the three different colours easier in full sunlight. In normal light they just blend into a speckled blue and brown.

I was worried my colourful yarn would be too busy for the lace panels so I knit a couple repeats and then blocked it open.

I knit 3/4 sleeves because I plan on wearing this at the computer and I like my bare forearms to rest on the table. Smiley

It took me two weeks to spin the yarn and 30 days to knit the sweater. It's a very, very simple pattern though and could easily be knit faster but I bought a house while I was knitting.

I originally blocked it the way I would a shawl - opening up all the lace panels. But this made me look approximately four feet wide so last weekend I blocked it for length. Now it's a very forgiving a flattering shape! My stepmother is knitting one from green corriedale I dyed for her and I love the feel of it so much I'm thinking of doing a second one. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2016 02:58:02 PM »

This is amazing! It looks awesome. Your yarn is very even.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2016 04:32:50 PM »

I am in awe that you basically created this sweater from scratch!  (I mean, all you didn't do was shave the sheep!)  It was so interesting to see the entire process from beginning to end and to read your descriptions.

Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2016 06:54:39 AM »

AMAZING!!! You rock.

« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2016 10:41:05 AM »

Great job!
What a beautiful yarn you created.
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2016 02:22:46 PM »

I am in awe! Your yarn is so perfect and balanced, and the sweater you created is so pretty.

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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2016 06:30:30 PM »

Thanks for posting your project from start to finish; it is remarkable to see the process! It is a beautiful sweater. Oh, and welcome to Craftster!

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016 10:04:41 AM »

So glorious!! Well done! it's gorgeous!

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2016 10:06:25 AM »

I'm really impressed how quickly you knitted this! It seems like you are always working on really intense knitting projects on top of all your dyeing and spinning. This came out really great. Smiley I can't wait to see your second one Wink

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2016 06:30:34 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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