This past summer I shared that while at the Dane County Farmers’ Market one Saturday, Mr Knitting Sarah talked me into picking up some fiber from one of the vendors, Wisconsin Highlands Farms.
I totally spaced on what breed of fiber this is, but it’s a super soft, greyish-brown that although washed and carded into roving clearly still had a good deal of lanolin in it and still smelled vaguely of sheep. If you aren’t a fiber artist, you probably think that smelling like sheep would not be a selling point, but for a knitter or spinner of undyed yarn it doesn’t get much better than that sniff test. It’s almost as good as being there when the sheep is shorn.
But I digress.
I starting spinning shortly after I brought it home.
I have to admit that in my head I was thinking I bought 2 – 2.5oz balls of fiber when in fact it was 2 – 3.5oz balls of fiber. It may not sound like much of a difference, but I promise you that it really is quite a lot more fiber and with the disconnect between what I was thinking I had and what I actually had made it feel like this project went on f o r e v e r . Don’t get me wrong — it was awesome to work with this fiber. It just took about 20times longer than I had estimated it would.
I finally got to plying though and I was finally driven enough to wrap it up so I could get something new on my wheel. I put my nose to the grindstone & got it finished and then put it directly into a bath to set it.
I was aiming for a fingering weight yarn for a Rilsdale Shawl, but I’ve been struggling a bit with getting fingering weight yarns. Since working on getting better with heavier weight singles my light singles have suffered a bit. In any case, the resulting yarn — miraculously — is a bit over 500yards of a light fingering weight yarn.
I probably could have eeked out another 50-100yards, but I mucked up my plying bracelet I was trying to use at the end. No matter. It’s plenty for the pattern, so I’m just going to be happy that I got the weight right and not cry over the few extra yards I could have had.
I’m not sure when I’ll get around to knitting this project up, but I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s a rarity that I manage to spin exactly the yarn that I’m trying to spin so it’s a major win in that regard. And the prize is such a beautiful, soft rustic yarn that I just know whenever I do get to it, it’ll be worth the wait.