I completed a project with the Gotland wool. This was my vacation knitting project, the one I took with me to Ottawa when we went to visit family over Christmas.
I tried and tried to decide on which colours of the Gotland to use, and in the end I just spun them all and figured I’d sort it out later. I spun up one and a half pounds of undyed and 8 braids of dyed, and they came out to about a sport weight. I couldn’t decide what colours to do when it was in fibre form, so I thought it might be clearer to me in yarn form.
What was clear when I laid them all out was that I wanted to use them all. I had decided to render this project on Ravelry, which was the body strategy of one pattern and the chart of another.
Here is the finished vest:
Now I have a whole lot of leftover handspun Gotland, and no project in mind, and not enough of any one colour to provide the background for another sweater. I may have to spin yet more Gotland to make use of what I’ve already spun -(this is how I end up with bins and bins of handspun yarn to deal with.) I’m most tempted by the Schoolhouse Shetland sweater by Meg Swansen, or maybe the Ram’s Horn.
As a last note, I’m gonna come clean. This wool is itchy. I made the neck tight enough that I’d need a turtleneck to fully protect my skin against the pickiness, and I do spend a bit of time while I’m wearing it tugging it away from the delicate skin of my throat, pulling up the underlayer and tucking it between wool and skin. I possibly should invest in a turtleneck of two. That said, it’s so worth it. The sheen on this wool, the cozy look of the halo on the fabric, and the warmth it provides – it’s wonderful. This is a light-as-anything vest, but it provides an amazing degree of warmth. Wool that itches carries significant benefit, and we’re good to not forget it. Give itchy wool its due – it’s warm, beautiful, and enduring. It’s much better to go buy a couple turtlenecks than to never use it.