Fantastic Friday Finish
Can you believe I have not cooked a full meal all week? Except for one night when the husband surprised us all by taking us our for dinner, we have been eating leftovers from our Chinese New Year party last Friday. It’s been wonderful. There’s nothing like having pork belly everyday to add a little cheer (and weight) to the day.
Quick and easy has been the theme for the week. I managed to finish this hat in just a few days.
It’s a hat made from the first installment of the Bare Naked Knitspot Club. The yarn is 100% camel, raised and handspun in Mongolia. The yarn was really interesting to work with. It’s kind of rough and my skeins had a bit of the Gobi desert still infused in it. I had to stop occasionally to pick out little bits of hay and for an animal fiber, it was pretty inelastic. The finished hat before washing was pretty stiff and crunchy.
However, it all changed in the wash. In the water it really relaxed and all of the dirt and stuff got washed out. You’ve got to figure that there’s not much water in the Gobi to drink, much less to process yarns, so a little tolerance is needed here. The hat soaked up a lot of water. It took over 24 hours for the hat to dry fully, but it is a fairly chunky yarn.
My younger son said it was too itchy for him and the husband could barely get it over his head, so it was going to be either mine or the elder son’s. Who do you think claimed it? The only negative thing the elder said was that he wished it was green (his current favorite color). Well, camels don’t come in green is what I said.
Now, I have the matching mittens to make, which shouldn’t take too long with this yarn. I love quick little projects like this!
If you’re interested in finding out more about camel yarn and Mongolians, here are a couple of links:
Snow Leopard Trust was the source of the yarn. Most of the yarn is sold out because of the club, but it is an interesting organization to read about anyway.
The Story of the Weeping Camel is a fascinating documentary about a baby camel, his mother, and the Mongolian family that takes care of them. I knit half of the hat while watching this movie and it made me appreciate the yarn even more to see how much the Mongolian farmers rely on their camels.
Unfortunately, the yarn options for the club are sold out, but the pattern only is still available. The patterns are all very well written and planned out, and there are almost always multiple patterns in any given month. This month alone, there are patterns for a hat, mittens, scarf, wrap, and blanket. It’s a fabulous deal.