First Finished Project of 2014

I've written about The Places of Lost Hours.  Everyone I know tells tales of being lost for days in the tangled web of ideas and recipes and projects.  I remember reading a quote once that knitting was 10% actually knitting and 90% fighting the impulse to go online to look at yarn and patterns.  The story of my life.

Not long ago I was on a blog that I particularly like.  The Fringe Association is a gorgeously put together website full of knitting inspiration and gift items for the knitter in your life.  I still haven't put the MiMBY Husband onto it as a source and it is my loss. 

Anyway.  Recently, I was going through her blog archives and found this post about a model wearing a shearling collar and a knitting pattern on Ravelry to "get" the look.  I dutifully starting considering yarn substitutions and considered spending $45 dollars on the recommended yarn.  

Seriously.  On a whim.  I have sheep.  And roving. 

I am the perfect spinner for this kind of project as I overspin and create havoc with a pile of roving.  But I had this beautiful black roving that could possible be wrestled into some semblance of this collar.

 

 

Selfie shot.  We drank Moscow Mules last night and, well, it's rather obvious.

Selfie shot.  We drank Moscow Mules last night and, well, it's rather obvious.

Gertrude didn't have drinks so she is pretty perky - no headaches for her!

Gertrude didn't have drinks so she is pretty perky - no headaches for her!

Check out the spin on this next shot:

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I really love how this all turned out and I didn't spend a mint on yarn, which leads to all kinds of righteous self-congratulations.  I was feeling rather like selling my wheel since I just don't have much time to dedicate to improving my craft, but now I'm having second thoughts.  Maybe there is a future for me spinning hard to knit yarns perfect for fake shearling knitwear.

In any case, cheers to family and friends far and near as the new year commences.  I hope that it brings much joy and good will to all!