Pencil Roving and Recycled Sweater

What do pencil roving and a recycled wool sweater have in common?  They both can be felted.  Why not try felting both together?

Lately, I’ve been gazing at my selection of Bulky 2 Strand Pencil Roving from Imperial Yarn alongside a pile of recycled sweaters neatly stacked in my craft space.  I decided to season the pencil roving with cut-up felted sweater pieces.  The stack of fiber resembled the appearance of cooked spaghetti.  The felted pencil roving and sweater bits were transformed into a swatch of curiosity.

The felted sweater has been upcycled into a swatch of many possibilities.  By the way, check out the wonderful selection of yarn, patterns and pencil roving at

Vogue Knitting Destination

The Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Oregon was the starting point for a weekend of knitting, moonshine and the beautiful landscape of Imperial Stock Ranch.  Arriving a day early, I decided to check-out the local flavor.  On my way to Josephine’s Dry Goods on SW 11th Avenue, I got lucky and  found Knit Purl located next door to Josephine’s.  I found the perfect color of malabrigo’s Rasta to knit the  Rasta Neckwarmer designed by Breean E. Miller.  It was so convenient to walk next door and purchase the perfect buttons at Josephine’s Dry Goods.

Our journey  began the next morning as we boarded a coach for our weekend with Doreen Connors of Vogue Knitting, designer Nicky Epstein, Dan and Jeanne Carver, owners of Imperial Stock Ranch.  “Sustainability” is not just a buzz word for the duo…They live a life of commitment, hard work and respect for the land.  I am proud to say, “I’m an Imperial Yarn Girl.”

After returning from “the ranch,” I had an extra day before flying back to Northern California.  At the knitting getaway, I overheard fellow knitters talking about Portland’s flagship yarn store, Yarn Garden.  With an extra day to spare, I hailed a taxi… destination Yarn Garden.  I was greeted at the door by the owner, who graciously explained the history of the store.  I was slowly drawn to her garden of temptation.  A garden of beautiful yarn in three different rooms organized by gauge.  By now, my suitcase and duffle bag were stuffed with yarn from Knit Purl and  Imperial Stock Ranch, so I had a few skeins mailed home.  Much to my surprise, the package arrived ahead of schedule.  This was an unforgettable trip, one I will remember forever.

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