Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Barn Mittens, hand spun

Hand spun, hand knitted mittens

Swifty posts ARE coming! It's been very rainy here lately. Yesterday, we had torrential downpours steadily all day. Not good weather for snapping pictures...and this system has hung over our area for quite some time now.

So while we wait, I'll show you my new barn mittens! These are made out of the roving I bought at the festival and is a blend of Corriedale and mohair. I spun for a guage of heavy worsted weight in a 2-ply yarn. The mitten pattern is a very simplistic one of just a K1, P1 ribbing, then just knitting down with simple decreases at the fingertips for a little shaping. The right mitten is knit a little differently for the thumb placement than the left mitten. I knit them on size 6 wooden double points. Then, I moved on to the task of fixing my old mittens! I cut off the cuff, and tried to pick up the top stitches. It was pretty tough to do that, until I realized that over several years of hard use, and many freezing moments sticking to stall door latches and water bucket handles that they have actually felted a bit! So now, I have them sitting where I see them frequently by my work space, so that I can ponder what I want to do from here, wishing I hadn't cut the cuff off. I was hoping to have TWO pairs of mittens this year, one drying, one on hand. Now, temporarily anyways, I'm back down to one pair.

Now those mittens were a barber pole 2-ply of Shetland/Coopworth blend, with Angora bunny cuffs. I had spun that yarn from my white Angora bunny, Zinnia. So....maybe I'll just replace them with straight Shetland yarn, or I do have some white Coopworth roving I could spin up and ply with Shetland again....hummm.....and add Zinnie's yarn to the cuffs again....hummm....

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