Almost a year ago I dyed some of Flora’s merino roving for some peachy pink yarn. I was keen to try a spinning technique called fractal plying where the same colour scheme repeats in a cycle, creating a lovely pattern. I loved making this yarn as much as Sunshine loved the colours. So I spun up two more fractal skeins in blues and in greens and some white wool from our angora bunnies, Lavender and Miss Daisy. The brown yarn is from last year’s ram, Romeo. In my head, a couple of matching Baa-ble hats were taking form for my daughter and myself.
Ahhhh, but things in the mind’s eye are a wee bit different from reality, yes? My homespun yarn is a little thick and thin here and there, so my gauge is slightly askew. Nonetheless, I do think the blue, bubbly shaped Baa-ble looks just right on Forrest, though I meant it for myself. With the pompom on top, the hat doesn’t seem so rounded on top…
Altogether, it was such a fun project, bringing full circle from our beloved sheep to dyeing, spinning, knitting, and keeping heads cozy.
With the melt beginning, we may not be wearing these hats for too much longer this season…they are very thick with all the stranding inside. However, Sunshine doesn’t seem to want to take it off. And she has declared she needs a cowl to match. I just might be able to indulge my girl for some matching accessories.
You are so cleaver. I once raised a flock of Romney and spun their luscious fleeces, and dyed and knitted with the wool some too. Therefore, reading your lovely post is bringing back memories…sweet memories. I love your baa-ble hats…great pattern isn’t it? I have my wheel out and have plans to begin spinning again, but I must buy the wool now.