Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Shepherds Pi

No, I did not make a spelling error in the title of this post (grin) The Shepherd's Pi I am talking about is my version of the Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl we are about to begin over at the EzasPi group! This is to celebrate the one year anniversary of the group's beginning.

Why Shepherd's Pi? Because I am knitting this shawl entirely of homespun yarn from my flock of sheep, for me (the shepherd of the little flock!) And it is being worked with many thoughts of my own dear Shepherd, my Lord Jesus. I have felt His hand in mine so often these past days. And so I have dubbed my anniversary shawl my Shepherds Pi....

First I did a little sample - a Snack Pi ;> I was trying to determine if I want to go from dark to light with the yarn, or vice versa. My sheep come in a wide range of colors (see my website, Serenity Farms for photos of the flock) and I want to use a sampling of most of them. I also decided I wanted to knit with singles. Here is a picture of the yarns I used to sample:

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Can you see how the colors go from jet black, a warm brown, through shades of grey and then a blend of my whites. (That very silver grey on the bottom right is Hannah)

And here is a close up of some of the knitting of the Snack Pi:

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I learned some valuable lessons in this sample....namely, taking care that my yarn overs at the beginning of the row are snugged up so it won't look sloppy. I learned how long it takes to work the border, even on a sample that is only 14" or so wide! And I decided I will probably make the border of the full sized shawl a bit fancier.

But the most important thing I learned (or should say I was reminded of) is how very much I enjoy working with my own fibers! I will be doing the simple yarn over version of the original Pi Shawl as the yarn is the star of this shawl production - and frankly, I need something a bit mindless right now to work on.

I need to hurry up and finish the second sample, going from light to dark yarn and make my decision of which I prefer so that I can cast on this Sunday, January 22! Sande from the Ez list made an important would seem that the border is going to get grubbier than the rest of the shawl, and maybe the darker border would be a bit more practical! I think she may be right.

And Jesus said: If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? And if he finds it, he will surely rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn't wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish...Matthew 18:12-14

I look forward to welcoming home my own one lost lamb in coming days...


Pamela said...

You spin such beautiful yarns Cary. I'm really glad to see that Hannah will be making an appearance in this special shawl.

Theresa said...

I second Pamela...your yarns are gorgeous and I love Hannah'! So Beautiful, but really all the colors are beautiful. The Pi could go dark to light and back to light again too if you like having the dark in the center but want the dark on the edge to keep from getting grubby. Anyway you serve it, your Pi will be yummy! :o) (I couldn't resist!) Now you have me thinking about casting on along with you I need another project!

Deborah said...

Oh your fiber is beautiful! I'm so glad I have fleece reserved. I obviously DON'T have enough with such possibilities for it! Your Pi will be a real treasure!

Melissa said...

I love that, Shepherds Pi... very cute title! I can't wait to watch your progress on it. And I'm very impressed with 2 posts in one week!

Holly said...

What a lovely entry, Cary. We do have a wonderful Shepherd. I'll pray for your lost lamb.
Enjoy making your shawl-I'm determined to spin more of a special blend(includes my last dog's undercoat)before I start my next shawl. That may take a while!

Evelyn said...

Hi from the EZasPi list! Your 'snack pi' is absolutely lovely. How amazing it must be to knit a shawl from yarn you spun yourself from the sheep you raised yourself. What a blessing!


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Lynn Markman said...

Cary, Your Pi Project, is beautiful! Very inspirational. Make a shawl, from my sheep, consider my shepherd, how He cares for me. How He cares for You!

Lynn Markman
"Aspiring to live a quiet life minding my business working with my hands." 1 Thess. 4:11