You may remember the skein she gave me for my birthday last year. Beautiful magenta colored yarn spun from 100% Targhee from Enchanted Knoll Farms.
Also during the last year she has given me several other skeins, but each skein came with a condition. "If you want to keep getting my handspun, you must design a shawl with some of the yarn I've given you and submit it to KnittySpin." I have to admit that could just be the way I heard it. She may have said something along the lines of, "You know, you could use some of my handspun to design something for KnittySpin." I guess it's just a case of she says potato, I say "mmm, french fries!"
Regardless of wording, and considering how much I love her hand spun yarn, I got right on it. I'm happy to say that not only was I able to design a shawl for the lovely handspun yarns that she'd given me, but it was released in this season's (Deep Fall 2011) KnittySpin!
The Semi-precious Shawl.
The Magenta Targhee version. (I'm thinking Amethyst.)
The Wood Elves wool and silk version. (I call it Jade.)
The Mango Lassi wool and silk version. (A little gold to accent the jewels.)
I'm not much into jewelry (don't get me wrong, I'm a girl so I still like to look at it and watch it sparkle, but I don't really wear it). These pieces, however, I would happily wear (except the green one because I'm going to give it to Athie for Christmas, but that's our little secret. Right?).
Hooray for fibery friends,
P.S. All three colors of fiber were produced by Enchanted Knoll.