Saturday, November 11, 2006

Pit River Wool

My aunt and uncle have a sheep ranch in California and kindly gave me some of their wool, which I am going to use to knit a vest for my dad (my uncle's brother). They raise sheep that is naturally colored, so this gray wool is the natural color of the sheep - it has not been dyed. Most wool yarn is dyed white wool, but there are a small group of ranchers and farmers who raise naturally colored (black, gray, brown) sheep. I am adding a link for Pit River Wool to the links section on the right.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Basic sweater

This is the back view of the finished sweater, modified a little from the basic sweater in Fee's book. It was fun to make, and I like the color combination. The hardest part was getting the body size right, I had to restart three times.

To knit this type of sweater, you basically knit three tubes, the body and two arms, then connect them all together on a circular needle and decrease up to the neckline. Fee gives liberal credit in her book to the ideas of Elizabeth Zimmerman.