For a long time I have believed that the most valuable things are those that you can make yourself from start to finish. The question is only, where to start. This project was a very special one as I started with natural white wool. I had the idea of painting with fiber and I thought I could take a layered approach as what I have done with papers.
My first step was to dye the wool by painting colors over it. Here’s one of the rovings I dyed.
Then I spun the wool.
Here’s some of the finished yarn. With spinning I added “painted” layers.
Then I chose the pattern. I could have designed it myself but I find so perfect one I decided to go with it. It’s Stockport by Sarah Hutton from Rowan magazine nr 46. I chose to make mine it a little longer to really show off the yarn.
When knitting the sweater I made random stripes, another layer of paint. I think that the result really proves that the layered look can be done with fiber too!