Thank you for all your orders from the latest shop update. This yarn has had quite a journey and I still pinch myself that it is finding new homes across the UK and as far afield as America, Canada, Australia and Japan, all of which are quite a distance from the fields in Yorkshire where the sheep graze.
Your ongoing support and enthusiasm for my Daughter of a Shepherd wool is incredible, and now it is finding its way into your hands, I thought it would be fun to have a knit and crochet along which I’m imaginatively calling the ‘Daughter of a Shepherd KAL and CAL’! Using the Ravelry group as a base, this will be a very informal but fun opportunity to discuss suitable patterns for the Daughter of a Shepherd yarn, to chat about its characteristics and hear your thoughts on the wool as well as creating something beautiful from it.
Knitting and crochet projects are all welcome – I’m a fully pledged enthusiast of both – and I thought we could officially start, well, how about now! I had originally planned to run the KAL & CAL for 2 months but let’s knit and crochet our way all through summer to the 28th August 2016. This should give ample time for yarn to arrive and other people chance to purchase some in the next update which will be mid-June, and we should all then have something cosy ready for the changing season. Personally I’m hoping this will be plenty of time for me to actually make the garment I have been promising myself! I need some help deciding exactly which cardigan or sweater to make and would love to hear your thoughts and see your plans so do pop by and add your twopenneth.
The ‘rules’ are fairly simple: Use Daughter of a Shepherd yarn to make something. Post your plans in the chatter thread and the finished object in the Ravelry FO thread by the closing date. You are welcome to introduce another yarn into the project for colourwork or details, but the main yarn should be Daughter of a Shepherd. I know some of you are already making with the yarn and so long as you post your complete item in the FO thread by the 28th August those projects will count for the draw and do feel free to double dip with other KALs happening at the same time.
There will be a few randomly drawn prizes for all of you entering an FO and I’ll announce these in due course, but let’s just say there are a few exciting things going on in the background! Here’s a clue to one of them…
Two knitwear designers have been inspired by the yarn to create some beautiful accessory patterns which I’d like to showcase.
Anna Elliott has published Lambing Shed, a wonderfully textured hat and mitt set. The smaller size uses just one skein to make both items and you will need two skeins for the larger size, but I’m fairly sure you will then also be able to get another hat or second pair of mitts out of the leftovers.
Anna wrote a lovely post about her own sheepy connections, the inspiration for the pattern name and her experience of lambing which you can find on her blog.
Louise Tilbrook’s Hebridean Hap uses two skeins of the yarn and knits up into my favourite type of shawl; large and smooshy! A traditional garter stitch centre is bordered by a simple lace eyelet that in Louise’s words, ‘let the natural beauty of the yarn shine through’.
I’m already knitting my way through the border of the Hebridean Hap and thoroughly enjoying it – the beauty of DK weight shawls is that they grow so quickly!
The threads are all set up in the Daughter of a Shepherd Ravelry group and I can’t wait to see what you create. If you’re an Instagrammer or tweeting Twitterer please add the hashtag #daughterofashepherd or #KALANDCAL when posting pictures or comments of your ongoing projects so I can find you online, drop by and have a nosy at what you’re up to!
Image of Lambing Shed Hat © Anna Elliott.
Image of Hebridean Hap © Louise Tilbrook.