In the Fiber Room

Have you seen Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter 14 Look Book?  We really have our eye on the beautiful ‘Kelpie’ – a ‘modern triangular Hap Shawl’.  How pretty is this?

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.

What do you think of this combination?  It’s (left to right) Poseidon, Goldenrod, Hibiscus, Jewelweed, Hibiscus2 and Goldenrod2.  We just might have to take the leap and buy that pattern today.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual.
A single photo – no words – capturing a single moment from the week
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment to pause, savor and remember.
Participating with the SouleMama blog.

Please forgive our breaking the ‘no words’ rule.  The electricity came back on last evening… after nine days.  Many thanks to all of you who kept us in your thoughts and for your kind words of encouragement!   Please join us in keeping those still affected by Hurricane/Blizzard Sandy in your prayers.  There are over 3,300 families in our county, alone, still without power.  We are so very grateful to all those that are working hard to get things back up and going… both here in West Virginia and the other areas with even more devastation.

Special Knits for Special People

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.

A small shawl hand knit by Shepherdess Anita, based on the Wool Peddler’s Shawl by Cheryl Oberle, with the ruffle modifications from here and here.  The yarn was hand spun and hand dyed by our friend and neighbor, Betsy, at Quaking Maples Farm.  It is on its way to Spokane to warm Cousin Janet’s heart and her shoulders as she continues her long journey to recovery.

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.

Inspired by Drifty Hat

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.