Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kerry Not Blue

We are done:

Kerry blue done

Yes, perhaps we are color challenged, but Kerry Blue in Red is done. Here are the before, during and after blocking photos:

kerry blue before blocking2
before blocking: soft and cuddly

kerry blue blocking
stretched out on towels, on the bed, with TIG rods through all the points

kerry blue done2

The yarn is handspun Blue Faced Leicester, from top, purchased from Paradise Fibers, dyed (see here), before spinning, with a variety of Lanaset reds. Spinning was done during the rainy season last Spring, which seemed never ending (the rain, not the spinning). You can see the color gradations in the yarn, and if you could feel it, you'd know the yarn is bouncy and soft. We've come full circle to the end product, in under a year's time.

Time moves at a different rate, where spinning, dyeing, and knitting or weaving a project is concerned. It does not seem like a year between the purchase of the fiber, the dyeing and planning, spinning and knitting. It is all a pleasure, so the whole task takes on the time-frame of any fun activity: it is over too soon.

Planning for the next shawl is under way. In fact, spinning started several weeks ago, seeing the end of this shawl was near. Pattern research and actual swatching (gasp!) has begun. It's the only way I know to recover from the end-of-project doldrums: jump right back on that (proverbial) horse, and away again, for another fun ride.


Blogger Beryl Moody said...

The shawl is gorgous and your DH won't ever lose you again in a crowd! A scarlet lady:-)

8:46 AM  
Blogger June said...

Is it a year, really? Wow.

The shawl is gorgeous, of course.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I love BFL, Red, and the Kerry Blue Shawl. Ergo...

My Kerry Blue would probably be green if I did it today, but when I actually do that one? Eh, who knows.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Oh, it's wonderful! Thanks for forwarding the edging pattern... I am loving it and halfway through (just hope that point at the bottom turned out even).

11:21 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Stellar! Apparently you were actually a knitter masquerading as a weaver this whole time......

2:28 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Ummm...I love it - but I wondered if this is the inside of a... well, you know. Injuries and all. A nice way to spend a year, I think. What's next?

7:43 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Wow! What a beautiful shawl!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Dropstitchknitter said...

It's heartstoppingly beautiful, Sara. I'm in awe! Now, I believe you have 6 more shawls to make.....

5:22 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

When you decide to knit, you really KNIT.

6:22 AM  

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