200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The Hooded Scarf - Finished
This was more of a marathon than a sprint. I started it on December 21 on the way to Oregon, and finished it last night, on February 6th. Note to self - if making a pattern with cables, don't use fuzzy yarn. You totally can't see those cables, and they made the whole thing take about twice as long to make. I'm also not thrilled with how it looks, stitchwise, I would have liked it to be more stockinette-y, like the hood - but it IS very soft and warm.
My original plan was to make this with yarn that I spun, but I didn't get enough yarn spun in time for the trip, so I bought yarn, and spent more on yarn alone than I would ever spend for a scarf. I met someone recently who has made a garment with wool from sheep that she owned. She did all the steps from birthing the sheep, shearing and preparing the wool, through spinning the yarn and weaving the garment. Neat.
I don't plan on ever doing that - I'm not that much of a purist. But I wanted to understand all the steps from fiber to garment, to understand where the labor is and where the money could potentially be. Note: The money is not in spinning or knitting. There may be money in yarn, but not in handspinning it (at least relative to the labor input).