The Evolution of a Special Sweater

It's been a whole year since we moved to Hope--a year of construction and massive reorganization. I am grateful that only one thing was lost during the move but why did it have to be a box of my hand knit sweaters! The one I missed the most was spun from cashmere and silk. It was hand dyed and spun by Trish Andersen of Tanglewood Fiber Creations and the color was called Columbia Gorgeous. The yarn was a dream to work with. It was soft with a slight spring to it that when worn felt like an embrace.After mourning it's loss for the umpteenth time, I decided to ask Trish if I could order replacement yarn and this time in colors inspired by Reima of the book Green Mansions. Trish sent me photos of the entire process. Not only did it help maintain patience, it was also fascinating to see so I thought it would be enjoyable also to you fellow crafts people and artists. 3_Dying.jpg

DYING

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SPINNING

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PLYING

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DRYING THE YARN AFTER IT'S LAVENDAR SHAMPOO

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SKEINING THE DRIED YARN

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PACKAGING

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WOUND INTO BALLS BY ME WITH A YARN WINDER AND BY HAND

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PROGRESS

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THE FINISHED SWEATER

What I love most about this yarn, called Discovery Forest, is that the colors are different in every light. If you would like to know more about Tanglewood Fibers check out Trish's site. And to order, contact Cynthia Crescenzo at Knitting Central.