Our new Sheeps and Peeps Ephemeris Shawl has been in heavy rotation since the first of the year. Knit by the middle sister with our 2-ply fingering weight flock yarn in Bluebird Day, Light Nettles and Hibiscus, it is a big, warm, sheepy hug. We love the way our yarn shows off this beautiful pattern by Debra Gerhard
And while it is very lovely in Brooklyn Tweed’s fingering weight Loft, what really has us going is the thought of knitting it while replacing ‘Stormcloud’ with Poseidon’s millspun and the contrasting colors with some of our Border Leicester cross millspun that we’ve naturally-dyed.
Beautiful naturally colored wool contributed by Larry, Poseidon and Princess, hand spun and hand knit by Shepherdess Sharon into a special 80th birthday present for her special father-in-law, Dwaine. A soft, cozy Man Hat from a pattern by Haven Leavitt, knit in a wonderful combination of stripes to keep him snug and warm through what remains of winter.
Special knits… love and prayer knit into each and every stitch… to bring a smile… brighten a hospital room… to show someone just how much they are loved.
I recently purchased the book ‘The Red Collection’ by Mandy Powers because I fell in love with all the zig zags, the bobbles, the colors and the patterns. But I realized it was really because of this pattern – ‘Drifty Hat’ – I love this hat – can’t wait to knit it – and I think I will even keep it for myself. A sure sign of how much it is adored.
|photo copyright Mandy Powers
courtesy of Ravelry
Over the weekend I became aware of the cause of this attraction. These colors pretty much mean winter to me. The flash of the red cardinal in the grey and white winter landscape is a common sight in our West Virginia hills. As I realized this, I noticed just how often we happen upon this color combination in the course of a normal day.
Becoming more mindful of that flash of red… well, I think that is what… really… in the end… gets us all through the greys of winter.
Using two different batts that we colored with Easter egg dyes and kool-aid, I spun this colorful little skein on the drop spindle. I stripped each of the two batts into narrow strips and alternated them on the spindle. It made a beautiful mix of greens and oranges. Will make great colorful stripes in a hat or scarf. Hmmm….. Any ideas????