Use the Rare Breeds and Products directory to find sources of heritage breed fiber.
Ready to wrap yourself in a wooly wonder? Do you know the basics of knitting or crochet? Join us for our Wrap It Up Shawl Challenge! Support the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em (SE2SE) Initiative and The Livestock Conservancy while making a shawl for yourself, friend, loved one, or all of the above! Watch our Facebook page on Wednesday June 9 for a brief overview from our challenge leader, author and fiber artist, Margaret Radcliffe. The Shawl Challenge begins June 16 and ends July 14.
Make a shawl using wool from one or more breeds of rare sheep on the Conservation Priority List. You can use wool that is already in your stash, so if you are a current SE2SE Fiber Artist who spun up roving as an official SE2SE project, you can use that yarn for your shawl. If you don’t have any rare breed yarn, you can buy it from SE2SE fiber providers listed in our Breeders and Products Directory.
Each Wednesday evening, author and fiber artist, Margaret Radcliffe will guide us through making a shawl! We will provide multiple knitting patterns, including ones for beginners and experts. However, you are free to use another pattern if you prefer. New to this challenge, Margaret will be encouraging you to push your knitting prowess beyond the pattern. Optional of course.
Join us in the SE2SE Wrap It Up Shawl Challenge Facebook Group just for Shawl Challenge participants, where Margaret will offer a livestream lesson Wednesday evenings at 7 PM EDT, June 16 – July 14. This is a 4-week challenge with a break the week of June 23. Margaret will lead us through different shawl making topics each week, including selecting yarns and patterns, casting on, fabrics and pattern stitches, knitting from charts, increasing and decreasing while working in pattern, embellishments, borders, binding off & blocking. Bring your questions!
*Note: After you register for the challenge, you'll receive an invitation to be a participant in the Shawl Challenge Facebook group.
(Photo of a shawl courtesy of Margaret Radcliffe)