On April 12, my partner and I were delighted to take part in a local yarn shop's second annual Sheep To Shawl fundraiser event for Autism Speaks, at Twist Knitting and Spinning in Lahaska, PA. We had a blast, and I think much of it has to do with the kinds of folks that run and support Twist. I took it upon myself to document the day through my camera phone, so you can get a taste of the fun you missed.
The shearing actually took place midday (we spun last year's fleece), but I've reordered things a bit so you can see the sheep-to-shawl progression:
|Bamma the Romney|
|Drumcarders and hand cards were used to prepare the washed wool for spinning.|
|One of the fabulous staff members at Twist knit these gigantic mittens for an art installation. I think it set a new record for largest mittens, if I heard correctly.|
|About a dozen wheels were spinning away through much of the day.|
|Visitors came to watch the yarn being created for weaving and knitting|
|I tried out someone's wheel and fell in love with it. I actually felt civilized!|
|My contribution to the yarn supply became part of a woven scarf.|
|The scarf in process|
Meanwhile, knitters joined in the fun as they worked up squares in different stitches for a pillow.
|The Romney fleece had a beautiful range of light and dark wool.|
|The large shawl on the loom|
|The large shawl ready to be taken off the loom|
|The small scarf off the loom. My yarn's in there somewhere!|
|The day's work yielded a scarf, a shawl, and twelve squares to make a pillow|
|Adding the finishing touches before the next day's auction|
|The finished pillow with knit squares|
|The remaining yarn spun from Bamma's wool. One of the things I love about Twist is that they have baskets with handspun yarn sitting around - not to mention stitch dictionaries, calculators, and glasses. It just makes me feel at home.|
Fun was had by all. Gads of fun. Those who didn't make it really missed out, in my opinion. I'm already looking forward to next year!