Saturday, January 7, 2012

Keeping busy

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks.  I have been busy hand knitting a scarf for a special friend who is off to live in Boston in the USA.  They have bitterly cold winters there and so I thought a scarf made from the hair of my beautiful samoyeds, Seamus and Teadach, would be the perfect gift.  I collect the fleece when I am brushing them.  When I had 1 kg or so I had it hand spun.  The woman who spun the fleece did a beautiful job of spinning it very finely.  The scarf was knitted with 3.75mm needles.  I gave Les the scarf today and he was indeed pleased.

Here's the scarf and a skein of the puppie's lovely fleece.

Valerie did a lovely job of the spinning and made these gorgeous labels with a photo of the dogs.

The scarf in close up.

My boys chillin' out on the back patio.

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Anonymous said...

This is amazing!!! 1kg of fur? I can't even imagine how much that is. What weight is the yarn? What stitch did you use? So many questions!

Marta Brysha said...

1kg of fur is about 6 supermarket shopping bags stuffed full. This is about 18 months worth of brushing, however I would say that about 80 per cent of that is collected during the spring/summer moult. The yarn is a little bit thicker than a 4 ply. I used 3.75 mm needles and used a four plain, four pearl pattern which I offset by 2 stitches every 4 rows so that the end result resembles a staggered basket weave pattern.

The end result was quite beautiful.