We graduated from engineering school together, so we both know that if we can't find what we're looking for, chances are we can make it. In fact, when I was longing after a drum carder and told her how much they cost, she said, "Well, you can make one." I smiled and thought, "of course I can make one. I'd just have to acquire a couple of wood working tools first." :-)
Anyway, while we were looking at all of the wonderful things in the vendor's tent I could tell she loved the products, but wasn't quite finding the thing she wanted to take home. I knew I could make something she would love and since she's not really a knitter (yet), I offered to make a hat for her from any yarn or roving she wanted.
She chose this beautiful hand painted bamboo-merino roving.
I love the blue, green and purple together and the silvery sheen makes it even more special.
I started thinking about hat styles that she might like and we looked at a few hats I have around the house. We talked about the features or design elements that she liked and didn't like. We passed a few patterns back and forth over email and finally settled on a combination of Lauren's Simple Slouchy Hat and the Mushroom Hat.
While this isn't my first specific project for a specific person, it is the first time I am starting a project this early in the process.
I need to spin 175 yards of worsted weight yarn. I have never spun with a specific project in mind and have only knit projects based on what was in my stash. If there was a particularly wonderful pattern, I would take a trip to the local yarn shop.
So, I'm starting from (almost) scratch. I have not decided if I will make a single or plied yarn. I prefer to knit with singles, but plied yarns seem to behave better after they've been knit.
I will be spinning this roving for the Team of Wonder during this year's Tour de Fleece (Ravelry Links) which starts on Saturday, July 3rd. I would love ply or not-to-ply advice from the wiser and more experienced fiberistas out there.
If you would like to join the Tour de Fleece Wonder Team, take a look at Knit with Snot's post, then get on Ravelry and join the fun.
In the meantime, have a gander at the other fun, fibery, fluffinistas because it's Fiber Arts Friday.