I normally do not post fiber projects on my blog, but I just finished a major project (for me) that I am thrilled about and wanted to share. It is a Shetland hap shawl. I became fascinated by hap shawls when I first saw photos of them being “dressed” in old photos from the Shetland Museum online. Then I saw a hap shawl on its frame in person at the Crofthouse Museum on the Shetland Islands and was hooked. Then I participated in the Explore 4 retreat taught by Deb Robson focusing on Shetland wools from the Shetland Islands and Britain as well as from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest of the USA.
After I spun samples of 12 of these fleeces, I thought it would be nice to make a small hap shawl to sample these yarns. But then life got in the way, and it went to the back burner. Then there was a knit along announced on Ravelry by KnitBritish to make a hap shawl. This was the perfect motivation for me so I dropped my other projects and cast on April 10th using the pattern 2 Ply Gray Shawl by Sharon Miller.
I also knit on the train,
in a hotel room in Portland,
and riding to BSG in Eugene.
This last weekend I was desperately trying to get done before the deadline so went to our family’s cabin (built by my great-grandfather) and got it done.
And I used a variety of Shetland wools in their natural colors. All but a portion of the center and the edging was handspun as well. Quite a project.