When I first started spinning I vaguely knew that someday I was going to knit and weave with the yarns that I was making.  I hadn’t made any specific plans though, as I did not then know how to knit and the loom I had was broken. 

So after being asked many times, “What are you going to make?”

I decided to make a shawl that I had found in “The Best of Knitter’s Magazine Shawls and Scarves.”  The name of the shawl is “Faroese-style lace”.  This was the beginning of my love for knitted lace.

  I think I un-knitted about as many rows as I knitted the first couple of months.   But I loved making it and knowing that it was yarn that I had processed from the lambs born in the spring,  to the fall shearing, then washing, carding, spinning, knitting and FINALLY wearing!  

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Mom took all these pictures on Christmas day out on Grandma’s deck. 

But we had a little hiccup in there…MOTHS! Yup they found my shawl sometime after I finished knitting it and before I had had a chance to wash and block it properly. (Which I think was about a year.)  The little bugs ate holes in my beautiful shawl before I realized they had struck.  So, I got rid of the moths and set the shawl aside to try repairing when I had time.

  Another year or so passed and I was having a spin-in at my house when upon showing the shawl to some of the ladies, Carolyn (who is a Master Knitter) told me that my assignment was to fix it before the MCC (Mankato Children’s Chorus) winter concert which was about 4 weeks away.

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This was one of the worst holes and took me the longest to fix. I forgot to take an after pic.

I found four holes when I started to repair the shawl. After fixing those I washed it and blocked it out.  I rinsed it with lavender oil in the water to keep the moths away before I blocked it. If you look closely at the pic below you can see what I found while blocking it, Yes more holes!  By the time I was done I had repaired a total of seven holes.

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Here is the shawl being blocked (above),

And a close up when it was all done. (below)

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I am very happy with the end result of this first shawl and now that I have it done, I hope to wear it for many years.

 

The Shepherdess