Tour de Fleece will be here before you know it and I've already started plotting what to spin and which teams to join. My friend used to have sheep and before she sold them, they were sheared and she gave me all the fiber to spin. The hubs got this processed for me through Salt City Fiberworks. There are two huge garbage size bags of the brown and one of the white. My goal is to try and get through one bag of brown using my buddy Angela's Ashford Traditional during the tour. I joined Team Climbers whose goal is to conquer mountains and big personal challenges.
To break up the monotony of spinning fiber au naturel daily for about a month, I have these puppies as some back up in my stash to use on the my spindle for my local yarn store's team (yes, I'm nuts to be on two teams:-D). The top one is a mini batt with a little sparkle in it and a braid both from Spun Right Round.
Anyone out there gonna join the tour? Who's with me?
To finish up the month of all things bulky, here are some close-ups of three baby cocoons I made for Michael to be used as photo props for future baby photo shoots. Why the close ups? They don't look very glamorous unless a baby is inside so I thought showing off the stitches was more appealing otherwise they look like poorly crocheted adult hats. I used Berocco Peruvia for the mauve and cream colored yarns and Plymouth Encore Mega for the blue. One recommendation though, if you choose to use Plymouth Encore Mega, you definitely need more than one skein to finish the project. I ran out and had to do a couple of rows with some of the Berocco I had left over.
One of the last bulk projects I finished was the Vermonter hat by Abi Gregorio. I used Imperial Native Twist. This yarn was so squishy and yummy. I highly recommend this yarn to anyone and everyone! Imperial first caught my interest on the Yarniacs podcast and I mentioned it to my friend who owns a wonderful yarn shop and she is now selling it there. The pattern is free and you could finish it in a night! Give it a try!
Here's the evolution of the Bandana Cowl from the Purl Bee website! This was a pretty quick knit that used up a skein and a half of Lion Brand Alpine Wool in the color ways of sky blue and vanilla on size 10 needles! I did learn a little from this pattern in regards to short rows. My first experience with short rows was the aviatrix hat and color affection and the patterns never called for picking up the wrapped stitch but this cowl did. I now understand if you're just using garter stitch you can't really see the wrapped stitch but if you're going stockinette, you will notice it and have to pick it up. It was like a little knitting light bulb went on in my head. I haven't had an "aha" moment in a while with my knitting so I'm really proud of myself for noticing it. The cowl is super squishy and cozy and I made it just in time for spring to have sprung in central New York! But the unpredictable weather in CNY ensures that I'll be able to wear it one more time before spring is here to stay.