I've been thinking about the concept of "slow clothes". Us knitters and spinners have been making slow clothes all along---definitely not a new concept. But just like the "slow food" movement, it's about slowing down and enjoying the process. It's about shunning Mc Donalds or "Mc Fashion". Last month I decided I needed a new sweater. On Dec. 10th I purchased 3 1/2 lbs of raw Romney at Weaving Works. There was a blue ribbon in the bag of fleece and the sales person said it's from Washington State. Other than that, I do not know the origins. It felt soft and lovely and the color was interesting, so I bought it. I washed it on Dec. 10th and 11th. I began spinning on Dec. 12th. I was done spinning on Jan 2nd.
The pattern was chosen on Jan 2nd and I began knitting. I'm on the second arm of the sweater...photos to come later. As you can see form the photo above, I separated the light, medium, and dark lock so I'd have a variety of shades to knit with. In the end, I ended up with a bulky weight three-ply yarn.