My Projects & Yours

Note: Due to pain that developed in my hands from years of hand spinning pet yarn, no commercial spinning or commission knitting will be accepted.

Completed Objects

Handspun Cotton Shirt

Crow Johnson Evans created this fabulous shirt. The colors are all natural and the white pima cotton comes from Joan Ruane's Easy to Spin Pima Cotton I carry on this site. Hand spun on a support spindle and then woven, The final weight of this wonderful work of art is only 15 oz.

cotton shirt

Ramses

This double heart and charm was spun and knit for Ramses, a blue Persian Cat, from Greensboro, NC. He was with his family almost 17 years and this celtic heart will grace his urn. It is a bit hard to see, but I created this as a small heart on a larger heart.

husky

Sasha

Sasha, a Siberian Husky from Waterbury, CT, provided the hair for the yarn used in this scarf. I used the classic herringbone pattern.

husky

pet yarn scarf in herringbone pattern

pet yarn scarf in herringbone pattern

Truffles

Truffles produced the hair for this charming scarf and bracelet. I knit a Lacey Cat Paw scarf and a Celtic Love Knot bracelet. Truffles' owner provided the charm for the bracelet.

celtic knot bracelet

lacey scarf in cat paw pattern

Marilyn

lap blanket from Marilyn trimmed in blue mohair

Knit One from the blog of Susan Lowman-Thomas

Knitting has been a special hobby of mine for awhile. I've made lots of scarves, baby clothes, hats, sweaters, and even a coat. I've written poetry about the precious gift of knitting:



Each stitch is infused with hope,

not just to become garment,

not just to warm or grace,

but another kind of hope,

a prayer,

a wish,

a memory,

to be preserved in fiber.



from "Knitting," The Silence of Bright Star www.eloquentbooks.com/TheSilenceOfBrightStar.html

But last weekend I was blessed to work on the most important piece ever and to work with the most precious yarn ever. I knitted a laprobe for my daughter out of yarn spun from the hair of her stunning dog Marilyn. An Audrey Hepburn of a dog, Marilyn was pure grace, with a ladylike prance and a model's posture. She would delicately cross one paw over the other as she reclined. Incredibly beautiful, she turned heads, with her glossy black fur and electric blue eyes. When my daughter and I helped Marilyn cross over the Rainbow Bridge last June, this planet lost one of its elegant queens. She was royalty, through and through.

So knitting something for my daughter, something that was part of Marilyn was a thrilling prospect. I couldn't wait to see and feel the yarn that Christine O'Hara (spinningstrawintogold.com) created. Christine posted a picture of Marilyn (shown in this blog) while she was spinning Marilyn's hair. Surprisingly the yarn was dark brown, even though Marilyn's coat looked black. The undercoat was lighter than the outer and that must have comprised most of the hair combed from Marilyn. The yarn was very soft, like angora or cashmere. I was anxious to transform it with my needles.

And what an ideal setting for me to do so! My daughter's current dog, Trudy (described in an earlier blog), and I spent almost four days together at a blissful hideaway, a house tucked among twelve acres of pinot noir grapes in the wine country of central Oregon. We had perfect knitting weather in this edenic spot: lots of rain and one day of blissful sunshine. Trudy and I sat in the living room enjoying the view and the quiet or lolled in the grassy yard enjoying the birds and the trees and the vista and the quiet. I knitted and Trudy sniffed and snoozed.

Knitting Marilyn was magic. Each stitch was special. The yarn was supple and fine to the touch. Each row brought new sensory pleasure. I was able to knit a lap robe about 18 by 28 to keep my daughter warm. I found a light blue mohair wool mix for trim, echoing the striking light blue of Marilyn's eyes. I liked the result: a fuzzy dark piece of love, looking much like a bearskin, edged in pale sky. Trudy liked it too; when I spread it out on the carpet she stepped onto it, laid down, and closed her eyes. It was sweet seeing the white dog asleep on the hair of the dark dog.

I was pleased to help transform a memory into a momento. Marilyn's presence was all around me as I knitted, a continuation of her insistence on being with my daughter all the time. "The apron strings on this one are short," my daughter used to say. This dog wanted nothing more than to be with the precious creature who rescued her and, even after she left this realm, she was able to be with her. I am so blessed to have helped.

Christa, Alli, & Oliver

A beautiful Comfort Shawl. This masterpiece was knit by P. Fastner with hand spun yarn spun from Christa, Alli, and Oliver.

comfort shawl, pet yarn

pet yarn comfort shawl

oliver,

Rocky

This fabulous afghan is from Rocky, an Akita. Wasn't he a handsome devil! His pattern is Shadow Rib with a Garter Stitch edge at the top and bottom. This was made with 2297 yards of hand spun yarn and the final dimensions of Rocky are 5 x 10 ft.

rocky, akita afghan

rocky, akita

rocky, akita afghan

rocky, akita afghan

Gohan

Here is a wonderful project created by one of my customers. She calls it Gohan amigurumi! It is a wonderful example of creativity when working with a prickly yarn.

gohan, crochet pet toy

gohan, crochet pet toy

gohan, crochet pet toy

Chinook

Scarf and hat set from dog fur. This fiber is from Chinook, a shepard/husky mix blended with wool. Chinook is originally from Alaska, but currently resides South Carolina. Original design and knitting by Christine O'Hara

chinook, shepard/husky mix

chinook, shepard husky mix

Blue

Lace scarf of hand spun dog yarn, hand knit by Jessica of New Orleans, LA, from her own wonderful dog Blue.

lace scarf made of dog yarn

Cloe

Hand knit lap blanket made with hand spun dog hair in a simple stockinette stitch with an outer edge of hand spun alpaca and wool blend in a paw print pattern. Original design and knitting by Christine O'Hara

lap blanket made of dog yarn

Mobieus Shawl

Mobieus shawl in moss stitch. Shetland wool with satin angora, 2ply, natural color. The wool for this project was completely spun on my favorite cd spindle.

mobieus shawl, shetland with satin angora


four wheat heads, different colors, blue, purple, yellow, brown





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