Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scarf, finished

Yay!  I finished another holiday item. Done from one of my early spinning efforts.  

When I attended my second class on spinning at JCC Folkschool several years ago, I bought a lovely BFL roving from Gale, who was also at the course. I took it home and spun it up and plied it. I didn’t know at the time that there were different ways to manage the different colors in a multicolored roving (not that I’ve tried any of them since…), so I spun as the colors as they came up and plied it. I tried a few projects with the yarn and it just looked like mud so it just sat in the stash.
I realized when I saw this pattern called Morning Surf Scarf that with its dropped stitches, and not too many stitches on the needle at one time, that it would highlight what was good about my multicolored yarn.

Of course, during the course we learned how to add beads while spinning, so naturally one must add some beads.

About a year ago I spied something at youtube that was really interesting;  a BBC documentary called "Victorian Farm."  I searched around for it recently and located it at a nice site, The gist is...three historian types recreating life on a Victorian Era farm for a FULL year.  I don't believe they actually lived there, but nonetheless...they did all the work to sustain themselves.

E1 Victorian Farm by zodiacza

Episode 2 has some particularly sheepy goodness.  They raised Shropshire sheep at this farm, and there is some nice viewing of this breed and how they were raised. This breed originated in the 1840's when locals bred native sheep from Shropshire and Staffordshire Bred from wild sheep in the 1840's. In 1859 they were declared a distinct breed by the Royal Agricultural Society.  They were (and probably are still) excellent for meat and wool.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Wendy,
    I watched that show on BBC too and there was also a similar show. That scar was in one of my older Spin-Off's lovely :-)
    Just bought myself a Christmas pressie...Judith Mckenzie's Three Bags Full DVD. I sure hope it gets here before Christmas!!