Sunday, September 27, 2015

So What Happened With The Basket?

This might be my favorite thing I've ever put together.  I enjoyed the whole thing - the sheep herself, shearing, washing, dyeing, spinning, picking a pattern, finding the perfect basket, winding the weird circular skeins that perfectly (by accident) showed off all the colors, writing up a little history of the Renny and the project, arranging everything just so, taking a picture and seeing how the yellow and green match the background... 

I kind of hated to send it off to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, but since that was the plan, that's what I did.  And I'm glad I did!

I'm obviously thrilled with the ribbon, but I'm equally impressed with the really neat tag with a festival button attached.  I love little details like that.  Very classy.

The minimum class requirements were to spin at least a pound of yarn for a project, include the pattern the yarn is to be used for, knit a swatch to verify your yarn will work for your project and put it in an appropriate basket.  We were also to include information on what kind of fiber, if it was wool, what kind of sheep, the grist of the yarn, how it was prepared...  That was all to fit on an index card.  

I managed to do that, but felt that there was also more to the story that should be shared because it was going to play such a big part throughout the entire project.  Why I would pick that sheep, those colors, the journey so far...

"Renny is very special to me. Not only for who she is, but for what she has taught me. You can live through way more than you think. You can have the courage to do the things that need to be done, even if they are hard or scary. People will help and support you. If you are going to tackle dyeing wool and steeking (cutting) a sweater for the first time, Renny’s your girl! :-)"

I can't wait to start knitting.  Well, after the Kentucky Wool Festival.  And Spinzilla.  Yeah, I signed up for Spinzilla (I  really need some adult supervison!).  Baaxter and I joined the Meridian Jacobs Team :-).  If you're going to participate in "A Monster of a Spinning Week", Baaxter's your boy ;-).  

More about that later.


  1. Mega congratulations to you for a beautiful and well detailed explanation of the process of your project. An award most highly deserved. Enjoy basking in the glory!

  2. What a beautiful project! I am so happy for you that you won first place. You deserved it. The book you put together for Renny's story looks amazing. Can't wait to see the finished sweater. You and Renny's are both amazing beings. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  3. Congratulations on your award and recognition for a job well done with savvy and heart strings.

  4. You are doing Renny proud! It is a beautiful basket with a heartwarming story:)

  5. Oh, congratulations! Although I must say I am not a BIT surprised. ;-)

  6. Congratulations! Beautiful presentation and I must say your book on Renny's story is a great tribute to your associate.

  7. Huge congratulations! What an incredible project and what a heartwarming story.
    Love to see the cardigan once it's finished! :-))

    1. What a great basketful of love. Congratulations to you and also to dear Renny who provided the inspiration
      And story. Does she know that you saved her by giving you adoring looks?

  8. How cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I totally love your basketful of excellence. Your photos, your explanations, your tribute to Renny -- all on top of what you have done with her beautiful wool.................

    All perfect. :-)

    The award was well earned.


    Can't wait to see the sweater-in-progress.............

    Well, I can, but I'm eager. :-) :-) :-)

  9. congratulations!!!! I love the basket :)

  10. Renny was the first sheep I saw on your blog, and she is still my favourite so far. So cool!

  11. Renny was the first sheep I saw on your blog, and she is still my favourite so far. So cool!


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