gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

It’s done! My first-ever sweater made out of yarn I processed myself from raw fleece, start to finish! And also the first time I had the experience of knitting, running out of yarn in the middle — and then just sitting down to spin some more.

yarn-3It was such a pleasure to knit this yarn, if I do say so myself. It’s a little on the lumpy side but, as my spinning teacher says, designer yarn is lumpy…

The pattern I chose is the Oatmeal Pullover by Magpie. I made this same sweater for a dear friend two years ago, and remembered it to be an easy, fun, and relatively quick sweater to make. It’s knit in the round, from the top down, and requires no seaming. Besides, my yarn ended up being just the perfect chunkiness for this project.

sweaterI’ve used a lot of the other yarn I spun out of Polly’s fleece for my natural dyeing experiments (about which you will hear later), but for this sweater, I wanted just the natural creamy white of the original fiber. Its color will always remind me of the little lambs on a summer pasture that I dreamed of while I was thick in the first crush of working this wool — and, at the same time, the freshness of the bright, frosty January days during which I knit it.

2 thoughts on “Sheep to Sweater, Part II

  1. Sean Kerr says:

    Wow! Beautiful sweater, Mari! You look like a lamb!

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  2. Jessie Hollister says:

    That is super cool! I am so proud of you. It’s beautiful.

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