pembina by ash alberg


March 2018
Long Way Homestead merino/cotswold roving
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in over stockinette, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
444 yards (406 m)
long edge: 55.5” (141cm); centre spine: 16” (40.5cm)
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this pattern is part of the from field to skin project. you can find out more about this handspun using super-local-to-me roving from my friend anna and sponsorsheep tansy by visiting long way homestead.

the fibreshed movement is like the local food movement, but for your textiles. i live within the pembina fibreshed, which lies within the same approximate area as the pembina watershed. these areas cross borders and other imaginary boundaries, ignoring limits imposed by humans in exchange for natural geographical regions. our fibreshed is small but mighty at this point, and growing every day. this shawl is an homage to my fibreshed and the plucky players within it, including my dear friend anna and her family, who run long way homestead about 45 minutes away from my home. thanks to her and my wonderful sponsorsheep, a geriatric merino/cotswold ewe named tansy, for the fleece that made the roving that i spun into yarn and knit for this shawl. a truly field to skin project if ever there was one.

shawl pin photographed is JUL designs’ alhambra lace pin.

needles: US 6 (4mm) 32” (80cm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

yarn: 444 yards (406 metres), 100g of fingering weight yarn
sample shown uses 100g of long way homestead’s merino/cotswold roving in tansy spun into 444 yards (406 metres) of fingering weight yarn

notions: tapestry needle, 2 stitch markers

gauge: 20 stitches x 36 rows = 4” (10cm), over stockinette, blocked