Tell me, how could I NOT knit this girl ( Venus of Willendorf Images ), after I found this pattern? The original Venus of Willendorf was found 1908 in Austria, and was made of limestone. You can read more about her here.
I really wanted for my Venus to look like stone, and I wanted to use rustic looking handspun for her, to make her extra special. I had some light grey Coopworth in my fiber stash, it must have been one of the first fiber packages I ever bought in 2007. Nasty stuff, as it turned out. Not well prepared at all, but I got enough yarn out of it, to knit my giant Big Momma Venus! I modified her head a little, to look more like the real one.
pattern: Venus de Merino by Lara Breese of Dark Twist. or as Ravelry instant download
yarn: Coopworth handspun, ~ 80yds (including what you need for sewing)
needle: 3.25mm DP (I used smaller needles, than the yarn would call for, to get a tight knit fabric)
size : of Big Momma Venus: 9.25" high 8" wide - yes she's bigger than the real one
start-finish: Feb. 17-18
yarn: handspun "Silver Dollar", 3-ply, (spun this about a year ago, and had it left over from my dad's birthday scarf;
needles: 2.75mm DP
size: of the little ones: 6" high, 4.5" wide
start-finish: Feb. 19-20 (was kind of obsessed and made 3 in two days)
The little ones are meant as "Good Luck" charms for my family. :o) I'm keeping the big one for myself.
Fiber: Gemini Fibers, bought in 2007, my first fiber bought for spinning, I was looking for the cheapest fiber so I could practice spinning on my spindle; thankfully I didn't bother with it too much and moved on to better fiber, because I would not have continued spinning, and given up on it, because it was so frustrating to spin. A lot of veggetable matter and nibs. I think this fiber, prepared better would not be so bad at all.
Content: light grey Coopworth
yardage: I wanted to spin it thicker as normal for me, and filled one bobbin; it was a disaster, kept it as singles; tried again and made 2 skeins 71yds each
Ply: navajo plied