It is no secret around Willow's Cottage that I have a lot of fiber. I refuse to make an accurate count of the boxes, bins and bags of yarn and unspun fiber I own. The Professor claims I have a lifetime supply of fiber, even if I live to be 100. He's most likely correct. But it's better if I don't know for sure. At least it isn't spread all over the cottage. It is all confined to two spots-in my guest room closet and under my bed-except for the three baskets of hand spun yarn on display in my bedroom. Please do not tell me that you do not keep yarn under your bed. I won't believe you.
I don't purchase much yarn throughout the year. I still maintain that my ultimate goal is to use up my stash and believe it or not, I am making progress on that front.
However. I do make allowances for some purchases of specialty fiber. For example, I bought two skeins of merino/silk blend fiber at The Knit and Crochet Show Marketplace last month in Portland. I expected this fiber to spin up with the blue/purple and the raspberry pink maintaining a dominant vibrance in the yarn.
But the predrafting and spinning showed how much yellow and rust was in the coloring.
After I finished spinning the 435 yards (approximately) I spent a few weeks just looking at the yarn, wondering what to knit with it. I loved the softness of the silk and wool, and I loved the colors. When MamaMia saw it, she said it reminded her of a hibiscus blossom.
But less than 450 yards wasn't a lot to work with to knit a wearable garment. I finally decided to knit up a few swatches. Just to play around. I tried purse stitch and then garter stitch but neither pattern showcased the sheen of the silk and the color variations. I ended up liking the look of a plain stockinette stitch. Some elongated stitches gave length and maximized the yardage. I thought I might have enough yarn to make a wrap.
I have knitted my way through 1/3 of the yarn. It looks like the wrap is going to be wide enough and long enough for snuggling when the weather turns a little cooler in the fall.
When it is finished, I'll have details. For now, the Hibiscus Wrap is still a work in progress.