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Knit Me: Shepherd’s Lamb

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Shepherd’s Lamb Organic Wool 2-ply DK yarn. Shepherd’s Lamb is produced on a ranch out of New Mexico that raises organic sheep that free graze in the mountains and valley.  They do raise sheep for meat, but also raise many for wool and they dye the yarn they produce using all natural dyes.

One of the yarns that Shepherd’s Lamb was offering for review was its 2-ply DK weight base, a 100% Rambouillet that comes in 180 yard skeins. When I had the opportunity to try out this yarn, Shepherd’s Lamb offered me my choice of colors.  While they do have set natural colors that they dye, each dye bath varies and each skein is unique.  I opted to try Indigo.

Once the yarn arrived, I decided that it should be a cabled hat. The yarn itself was soft and almost felt like cotton. It was super squishy and wooly feeling; it would probably be great in colorwork because it was quite sticky. I was pretty sure that it would have really great stitch definition, and I wasn’t wrong. I chose to knit Sea Beanie by the late Elena Nodel.

The only complaint I had about this yarn, and it was really more the dyeing than the yarn itself, was the indigo crocking.  Indigo is a natural dye that isn’t water soluble, so it never quite binds to the fiber in the dyeing process.  This means that when you knit with the yarn, particularly when your hands are warm, the dye adheres to your skin.  This isn’t the same as bleeding – when I washed the hat in water and wool soak the water ran completely clear, so it isn’t that the dye wasn’t set properly.  In the future I might try other colors since they are less likely to leave color on my hands.

Shepherd’s Lamb also has a newsletter which you can sign up for here.

A special thank you to Shepherd’s Lamb who sent me the yarn (retail: $16.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 147: Just a quick chat.

Welcome to episode 147! A little cooler here this week and lots of little details and knits happening. This one’s a quick one as I have a house full of family, but I wanted to chat.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross in Smoke
  • On Deck: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart

 

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 144, Just spinning.

Welcome to episode 144! Today is mostly spins because that’s what I’ve been doing for Tour de Fleece, but I’ve got a few knits in there.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 141, All the socks.

Welcome to episode 141! Today I have my finished Camp Loopy project to show you as well as more socks! Also some spinning and a quick discussion of the events going on in the Ravelry group.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth/Silk in Pebble
  • On deck: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 139, Summertime

Welcome to episode 139! Today I have almost all FO’s and some ideas for new projects. I’m also excited that summer activities are here: Camp Loopy and Tour de Fleece!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 138, RIBBIT

Welcome to episode 138! Today I have a few FO’s, a few WIPS and one RIBBIT that’s driving me crazy.

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You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 132, Ramblings about design.

Welcome to episode 132! Today I have two FOs, and some knits and spins, and I ramble my way through sharing a new design with you. I hope you enjoy!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Two if By Hand Superwash Merino in Sinister Foxy
  • On Deck: Hello Yarn BFL in Pink Treacle

Craftivism Continued

These past few weeks I have found myself really struggling for what topics to write about. On one hand, I know that most of my readers come here to find information on knitting and spinning and tea.  I am still crafting, but I feel somewhat disingenuous if I just continue on as if nothing else is going on.

So today I’ll feature a few patterns, including a finished hat that I knit, that feature crafting and activism, or craftivism.

The first is a hat designed by my amazing friend Kiki Hall. Fierce Feminist is available for free on Ravelry, and in lieu of a fee Kiki asks that you make a donation to a social justice organization of your choosing.  I helped Kiki by tech editing the pattern and I offered to knit a sample to make sure it worked.  After looking at Kiki’s original hat, I ordered similar colors in Knit Picks Capra DK (Flamingo, Fuchsia, and Black), but decided to knit them in a different arrangement. I finished my hat on Monday night. It is warm, cozy and FIERCE.

Another recently released pattern is Peace de Resistance Mittens by Bristol Ivy.  Bristol is donating any profits from the sale of the mitten pattern to a variety of social justice organizations, and also offers an option where you can make a donation yourself, then send her the receipt and receive a free copy of the pattern.  The mittens call for fingering weight yarn and could be knit in any colors!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 77, I like bows.

Welcome to episode 77! This week I talk have some FO’s, some WIPs, and I spend some time on what I’m gearing up for in March!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter, Instagram and Periscope as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Southern Cross Fibre, Polwarth/Bamboo in Splendour
  • Finished: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Falling Slowly
  • On deck: Two if by Hand, Superwash Merino, Clueless

Extras: