What you see here is the start of a casual, very long-term project: the Fair Isle Sweater from Scratch Project (or almost scratch--I'm not going to raise the sheep!). For some time I've wanted to explore the Fair Isle tradition from the ground up--washing the fleece, carding, spinning, dyeing with natural dyes, and knitting.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....
I've received several lovely responses about the pattern--thank you, everyone! I cannot track exactly how many people have downloaded the pattern, but if only half the people who have accessed my site from Ravelry donated just $5, Heifer now has $2,000 to spend on its programs. And I know that some people have donated considerably more than $5.... This makes me so happy, you can hardly imagine.
A week or so ago I posted a picture of my brightly dyed roving. Here it is, spun up as a fingering weight yarn:
If Seattle is going to be pelted with rain day after day, the least I can do is brighten up my yarn corner....