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.
Check out the spin on this next shot:
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!