Spinning For a Project: The Idea

Beekeeper's Smock by Kate Salomon. Photo @greenmountainspinnery

Beekeeper's Smock by Kate Salomon. Photo @greenmountainspinnery

When I was at Rhinebeck I fell in love with so many sweaters, but one keep tapping me on the shoulder, The Beekeeper'sSmock by Kate Salomon of Green Mountain Spinnery. It looks like something I would wear and something that I would actually finish. It didn't hurt that all of my fiber buddies with me want to make it too. One even bought the pattern and the yarn there and then. It has pockets, come on, I have to make it.

Then I fell in fiber lust with a blend of fiber I'd not spun before Cormo/Romney roving from Blackberry Hill Farm. It's a gorgeous grey/brown and has this wonderful soft-yet-sturdy hand. At first I didn't buy any. It took me until almost the end of the show to put this fiber together with my pattern crush. It would be excellent fiber to spin yarn for the sweater. I bought two pounds! It's going to be perfect.


The pattern calls for an Aran weight yarn, 14 stitches to 4 inches in stockinette. I asked my friend who bought one of the yarns suggested (Green Mountain Spinnery Yarn Over ) for a few inches to study the structure before I start spinning and sampling.

I'm going to go through all of the steps of matching a commercial yarn to spin a pattern here on the blog. The next step is to analyze the yarn and pattern to see what I want to keep and what I want to change in my yarn for my sweater.