I finished my latest knitting project - a rainbow shawl knitted out of lopi wool dyed with natural dyes. Every year our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild has a stash day where members bring items from their stash that they no longer want. Over the years I accumulated a fair bit of lopi yarn which I dyed with lac, logwood, marigold, indigo and horsetail. Such beautiful colours from Nature!
I knitted one half, then the other half and then joined them together with the kitchener stitch. I didn't have a needle long enough to hold the entire shawl and also I was making the increases by putting the wool over the needle for the first stitch to make a loop and that wouldn't work on the half I was decreasing on. I changed colour by sewing the new colour into the cut off end of the old colour and then strengthening the join with a felting needle. The colour change shows along the edge a bit but not enough to notice when I'm wearing it.
When I'm not wearing the shawl I'm going to drape it over the back of a chesterfield. I live on the edge of the forest and in good weather I have moths that visit me and eat any wool left out. Last year the bad creatures ate the wool around the ankles of my stuffed llama! So now my shawl is spending several days in a plastic bag with a number of lavender sachets in hopes that when I take it out the lavender scent will hide the smell of wool that attracts moths.