Not much in the way of spinning as such, but a plan for a big project!
The other day I saw my neighbour wearing this lovely knitted dress in a really chunky knit, and my initial reaction was, I bet that would be easy to knit! So I asked to borrow it to see if I could work out the pattern. It is only 119 rows from shoulder to skirt hem.
So pattern hopefully figured out, my next task was to price up the yarn. But it was over £40 for the yarn (in the sale), and I bet the dress was less than that bought in the shops ready made up. I had promised myself not to buy any yarn now, and just spin my own, and the lure of doing this from scratch became too much! After all, I still have the best part of an alpaca sat in the dining room, and an alpaca dress really would be lovely and soft, and the brown colour is definitely a colour I would wear. Soooo, my plan for this...
I just have to work out how to spin chunky wool now! I am hoping that perhaps spinning it slightly thicker than I usually do, and doing three ply would result in the right guage. It's a heck of a lot of spinning, and will probably take up the good part of a year, but it is a challenge, and ultimately creates a dress that is local, handmade and hopefully one that fits!!
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