Friday night I came home to find the first Installment of my Sheepspot yarn subscription in the mail box. First and foremost, every package from Sheepspot is a treat. Sasha Torres, owner and chief dyepot operator, always includes little puffs of fiber or twists of yarn. So much more lasting than a hard candy!
Jill Explores: Sheepspot, 2015-2016
If there was a description of what was to come for the next twelve months, I did not notice it when I decided to sign up. It was a purely spontaneous decision when I realized I could provide myself with some needed fun and amusement knitting-wise, and that I could explore design ideas and share them with knitters. So I did it without looking very intently at the offerings. This is going to be a surprise for me each month–and that is kind of the idea. so please don’t spoil it.
Jill Explores: First Mailing
The Yarn Color: I got an email from Sheepspot asking me to choose my color. I chose this one, Sand and Sea. Not sure why, since it is mostly colors I don’t enjoy. They look great together, but except for the dusky teal, not my colors. I misread the mood boards. Okay, I’ll do better next time. This is a great exercise though, and one I am used to. You will notice that work that I do for Love of Knitting is almost always in shades of blue. My least favorite color.
Using colors that don’t speak to me isn’t the end of the world. Part of what I do as I am thinking about something that will be in colors I don’t love would be to picture a) who does love these colors, b) what is a use for this that will make these colors sing, and c) I don’t have to love it, I need to make other knitters love it!
The Project Bag: From Madder Root in Maine, Organic Linen, Hand Printed. Adorable. Perfect color yarn ball for me. That is wonderful because I will use it all year long with this project. I love that it uses organic linen and was hand made. Fits right in with what I believe in and I admire that Sasha takes great care in matching her values with her product.
Fleece Fluffs: Sasha says I got the wrong ones. I don’t really care because I’m really only interested in the yarn. There is a raw and a washed puff. I got Babydoll Southdown and Polled Dorset. I will have to look back at my Sheepspot Newsletters to see what I can find out about these fibers. Clearly different lengths of fiber.
Written Content: Sasha comes from academia. You learn lots from her! This is what came on paper (printed front and back):
- There is information on the yarn, and a fun story, in the cover letter.
- A sheet of information on the breed of sheep and its fleece.
- Worksheet for swatching the yarn.
The Yarn: I’ll talk more about this after I work with it. Clun Forest DK, 250 yards/228 meters, 100g.