Thursday, January 15, 2009
Old Yarn -- New Pattern
I guess it is not really "old yarn", but I have had it since my fall trip to New Mexico. I ran into Tapetes de Lana in Mora with the boys (husband and all) in the car. I planned just to take a quick look, but when I saw this yarn and then read the story behind the sheep from which it came, I had to buy some. I had just decided not to buy anymore yarn without a specific pattern. So, already breaking my promise......I bought 5 hanks.
The yarn that I picked out is a blueish green color. It is made from the wool of Ramouillett Sheep. The Ramouillett Sheep originated among the Moors of North Africa during the 14th century. Their distan ancestors accompanied Moorish Conquerers to Spain. The result "The legacy of the Spanish Merino". The Merino sheep were protected by the King of Spain and their fine wool dominated the European trade until 1786 when the King sent a small flock to his cousin at the Ramouillett farm in France. Thus, the breed began.
I have been trying to figure out what to make. I really don't have enough for a sweater, but I have more than enough for a scarf. Then, while working at SWAK a couple of weeks ago, someone asked if we had a pattern for a hooded scarf. I eventually found this in the Winter 2008, Interweave Knits. So, as soon as I finish the scarf I am making with the awesome hand dyed Misti Alpaca my sister in law gave me for Christmas and the Central Park hoodie I have been working on for months now. I am going to start this:
Here is a picture of the great scarf. It is a free pattern we got out at Victory Ranch, Mora, NM. I made it a little thinner so that it would turn out longer. I really like how it is turning out.
Posted by AmyC at 11:15 AM