A number of years ago, I bought a few Shetland fleeces from Shelley Nassbaum of River Bend Farm in NJ for the first time (4, if I remember correctly which was about to change to ten or a dozen per year). At the time, Leigh was researching some rare fleeces for a stranded sweater she was knitting. I sent some samples of the new fleeces to her and she posted on her blog some of the things she found in her research and used some of the samples as examples. I can’t find the links to these posts, unfortunately. I do remember she remarked that the white Peeps fleece (I think Peeps was 2008) reminded her of a (paraphrasing here)springy joyful bouncy lamb and that did stick with me.
A few years later I solar dyed the fingering 2-ply yarn I spun from Peeps fleece with blue and green food dye in vinegar. I loved the color but had no project so after the skeins dryed, I rolled them into balls, put them in a labeled ziplock gallon sized bag and stashed them away.
A month ago as I was rummaging in my stash for something else colorful (I just finished the motif sweater) I came across the Peeps yarn and decided I would finally crochet (size G hook) a simple light sweater with it. At the time we had the January chinook so highs were 50s, no snow on the ground and it seemed spring was just waiting to happen. We all know what happened then. I finished the sweater.
It's a lightweight raglan top down sweater double crocheted. I made it for a couple white shirts I have which were too thin for Estes Park Wool Market last year. I am hoping the Peeps sweater will be the perfect weight to pull over this year.
I had also finished knitting 2 little girl sweaters (Striped sweaters from the Knitting Collection magazine) using Paton’s ecru lace (acrylic, mohair and wool blend) with one strand of sock yarn. I think I used size 6 circulars but I don't quite remember. I wanted to make one as bright as I could and the other more subdued in color but both have decorative butterflies on the yoke. I had some Paton's lace left over so I crocheted a shell baby blanket for a April 2014 baby girl.
I then embarked on using up the remainder of the Paton’s lace yarn with the remainder of the sock yarn I had stashed for something or another. I decided to make an afghan – it was heading for a long cold spell of below zero temperatures and it made sense to make something I could snuggle under while I crocheted. I crocheted this with size H hook holding one strand of lace yarn with one strand of neutral sock yarn (greys, browns, black and the like) with one strand of a brightly colored sock yarn. I double crocheted these in panels with a short row finish at each end of the panel. After I finished 6 panels of about 14” width and about 6’ long, I joined them with one strand of the lace and one strand of whatever leftover sock yarn I had. At the end of the project I didn’t have any leftover sock yarn and I was really pleased that the sun had begun to come out and that the weather was beginning to gradually warm up. Of course, that was deceiving, we just had another few days of cold temperatures and snow.
Right now I am repairing toes on 3 pair of socks and wonder how active my toes are in socks! And I have a knitted (size 6) mitered square sweater coming along of multi colored Shetland handspun. It's the Picnic in the Park top from Summer 2012 Love of Knitting. If my computer ran faster I'd link to ravelry - I'm sure there's all kinds of projects on there - this is a very pretty vest. Of course, I'm adding sleeves.
This weekend is supposed to be in the upper 50s. This morning it was 1 degree at my house. You can imagine how thrilled I will be when this weekend arrives.