Anne's designs are some of my favorite.
Not only to knit, but to wear.
They're are just plain gorgeous !
They, at times, look complex
yet, simple to knit.
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This was my first experience knitting with wool of the Cheviot sheep
I found it to be a krinkley, crimpy sort of character
with a bit of a stiff, rustic feel.
Following Anne Hanson's lead,
I give my finished shawl a good soak
and blocking [just laying out flat]
She had it right!
This yarn transforms.
Soaking/blocking brought wonderful stitch definition to the fabric.
Each section of stitching is accentuated
to become a very lovely shawl with wonderful drape
that hugs my bod.
Anne's shop carries some wonderful yarns.
This Cheviot is typical of what I find there.
a quick tale of this cheviot that became my shawl:
Once the independent mill owner in New York
acquired the fleece,
cleaned it to eliminate lanolin
and veggie matter [sometimes spelled - poo]
her mill spins the wool as it come directly from the sheep
no dye - just bare naked wool.
Once spun and wound into skeins
it's off to Anne Hanson in Ohio.
Anne designed a couple of patterns specifically for this yarn
and in this case you can see the shawl and yarn were
made for each other.
I'm in Heaven with this shawl!
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Here in mid-Missouri there is no doubt,
SUMMER IS HERE
Temps in the 90s with humidity doing it's best to match the temp.
But it's not all that bad if one does not have their
: ^ )
Our walk from the car to have lunch
back to the car
is just darn pleasant.
I'm loving it!
Just don't attempt to spend a few minutes
doing a bit a yard cleanup
wearing all black
it could become unpleasant :-(
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