|I love how the Finnsheep blends into the other wool and changes the color.|
|Late last night I was so excited to be finished in time for Shepherd's Harvest.|
|A bit of steam worked nicely to smooth the crown|
|Inside I tied the pompom to a button. I use a strand of dental floss doubled to tie pompoms. It is strong and stays tight around the core of the pompom.|
The sheep color changed three times. I started out with white, changed to gray and then back to white. Digging deeper into the stash I found a nice white that matched the thickness of the other yarns and used the fluffier tweed white for the snow and in the pompom. At first I thought the white would not stand out enough from the pale indigo used in the crown, but I liked it so much better than the gray and I did not have any darker blue in the stash. The rustic texture adds to the charm of the design. This morning I put the hat on the form and used the steam iron to give it a few blasts of steam and smoothed and patted the crown with my hands. Rather than attaching the pompom permanently I tied in on the inside to a button, which will make washing the hat easier and keep the pompom looking good. There was enough blue left to make a small pompom.
|The final color choices. I had just enough of the sheep white to use for the sheep section. I think that some mittens or fingerless mitts may be in order for later.|
Tomorrow is Shepherd's Harvest and I was happy to see my short bio on the website. I have to get my stuff together today. I kept the demo to top whorl drop spindling. I have the Shetland roving from last year's trip to Jamieson & Smith to finish, BFL cloud and linen. That should be enough variety to keep me busy. Everything will fit nicely into a basket, so I will not have a lot to tote from the car. Rain and warm temperatures are expected tomorrow, which does not affect the festival because fiber-folk love all things woolly and soft along with meeting old and new friends. Classes begin today. I did not sign up for any this year, but next year I want to take the felted fleece taught by Becky Utecht if she offers it again. I can take my time to find the perfect skirted fleece!