Friday, January 13, 2006

Boring Friday Update

Due to my recent tiff with intarsia, I put about 5 inches on the waist band of Kepler last night. I will tackle the baby sweater once again as soon as I buy the yarn bobbins and get better prepared for the effort. Corrie is due to arrive on the scene today by C-section at 10:00am so, yes, I need to get cracking on that thing.

As I was flipping through the channels last night I came upon the broadcast of the "Sheep to Shawl" contest at the farm show in Harrisburg. I have to say it was fascinating to watch. They have a few hours to shear the sheep, card the wool, spin the thread, and make (weave, not knit) a shawl. I only watched a little bit of it though because my husband just kept looking at me like I was crazy for watching it. It's not like we don't have two other televisions in the house. grrr... Anyhow, I'm not sure I'd enjoy working with that dirty wool. Apparently people bid on the shawls, buy them, and then the team who made them takes them home and cleans them and then sends the shawls back to them. The thing that really fascinates me is that they make spinning look so easy. I also didn't understand how they would dye the thread in that amount of time but I guess they are allowed to already have dyed threads set up in the looms and they just use the new wool in addition to those colored threads. It was really neat. I think I want to learn to spin! I never thought I'd ever say that.


luvs2knit said...

Here's a link for Intarsia.

I am a member of the Butler Spinners and Weavers and I would like to do a Sheep to Shawl when I get better with my spinning. It sounds fascinating!!! However, I won't want to spin in that nasty greasy fiber.

Spinning is very fun (but patience is important) and I cannot believe I'm doing all this wonderful fiber stuff.

SJ said...

I had a similarly frustrating first experience with intarsia, but my second attempt was much, much easier. It's certainly simpler if you're knitting in the round -- my first try was on a hat knit in the round, and I kept having to cut and restart my other color, so at the end I had a bazillion ends to weave in. Personally I found that the section on intarsia in Stitch n Bitch was very helpful (although I had to read it a couple times before it made sense to me).