It started two weeks ago with a bug bite. Then the bug bite got infected (or so I thought). Then the infected bug bite turned out to really be a symptom of Lyme disease. Then I started on Doxycycline, the antibiotic of choice for Lyme disease. Then, I got hives. Red, itchy, spreading hives. Did I say itchy? I meant ITCHY. All over.
So back to the doc, who doesn't want to take me off the Doxycycline because it really is the best thing for Lyme. Then came Benadryl, and shortly after Benadryl comes Must. Sleep. So, I'm isolating myself even more than usual, which is too easy for me, and trying not to scratch.
So where does the mohair come in, you ask?
I want to make this Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl. I've been lusting after it for over a year now. It doesn't matter that I can't remember how to knit, or that I have no idea how to knit with different colors, or that I'm going to MAKE the yarn instead of buy it. None of that matters. I'm going to make this beautiful thing.
I'm going to make it 50% merino, 25% mohair and 25% tussah silk. I've got the merino and the silk fiber already, but here's what the mohair looks like: I traded a friend for it 2 years ago. Her angora goats are all grown up now, but they were babies when this stuff was cut. So soft!
I figure I'll need about 2 pounds of yarn. So, roughly, the steps are: card the mohair, card all three fibers together, split it up into about 10 different chunks, dye each chunk a different color, mix colors back together in a pleasing way and spin 4 different yarn colors. I think I'll need 500-600 yards of each color. The yarn they used is 4-ply, but I don't think I can do 4-ply. In fact, I've never done 3-ply. If I'm feeling adventurous, I'll try 3-ply, but if not, I'll stick with the good ole 2-ply that I already know how to do.
This is totally a time vs money tradeoff. This time I'm going to choose time. And enjoy every minute of the loong time it's going to take to make this. Or not. I could just buy the yarn for $200 and I almost did. But that's not the point of this project. The point of this project is not to run as fast as possible to the destination, but enjoy the journey a little more than I generally do. A long journey this will be.