From a knitter living in Hampden in the South Island of New Zealand.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Because we lost our cow to milk fever, I’ve been hand rearing the calf. The milk powder costs a lot - more than $80 a bag - and he drinks a lot. Before Christmas our neighbour stopped in to visit while I was feeding the calf and asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I jokingly said a bag of milk powder. You can guess what happened. These socks are a small repayment for his generosity. And the calf is looking fat and happy.
The wool is from a fleece the same neighbour gave me last year. It’s Romney from a dry ewe, so it was quite lustrous and should be strong.
The dyes are two shades of madder, poroporo and brazilwood overdyed with indigo.