So last week, when I told you about Lopez Island, I kind of buried the lead. Sure, there were seals, and beautiful scenery and all that. But what about the yarn?
Lopez is home to flocks and flocks of lovely island sheep.
And where there are lovely island sheep, there is lovely island yarn.
Island Fibers, to be precise.
We stopped at a farmer’s market and I picked up a huge (I’m talking gigantic) skein of gorgeous hand-dyed single-ply wool in subtle shades of blue.
I spent a couple hours winding it into a ball this weekend (it’s that big). So now, I’ve got a fantastic nearly-head-sized ball of yarn that’s itching to be used.
I’m thinking it might have to end up being a cropped cardigan to be worn over my favorite summer dresses. (When you live in Seattle, you get used to wearing cute sun dresses with thick tights, rain boots and winter coats. Otherwise, you never get to wear them.)
I made up a swatch, and it is just the prettiest! Look at those colors!
And at 4-ish stitches to the inch, I bet the sweater will just fly off the needles!
When’s the last time you bought a skein of yarn on the spur of the moment?
All the time? I’m kind of bad about buying yarn on a whim. (It follows me home.) And then- once I have a project for it- just the one (or two) skeins I bought aren’t enough, so I have to go and buy MORE.
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