Monday, December 5, 2011

B. Willard's Busy Weekend



"I think I need a vacation."



Willard not only got called into duty for pet photos with Santa, but he also had to stop eating for a couple minutes to get his picture taken with his sweater. Yep, that's a B. Willard original barn sweater. I spun the yarn as part of the 2011 Tour de Fleece and have been knitting on it off and on throughout the fall.



I used the standard Elizabeth Zimmerman EPS sweater pattern because I wanted to test how the yoke worked before I started the patterning portion (using the same method) for Jester's sweater. I had my doubts on a couple occasions, but of course, EZ was right and it worked out just fine.

The only odd part of the sweater is the circumference of the body. I knit my samples to find my gauge, did the math (Elizabeth's Percentage System), knit the sleeves first just to make sure...spot on. Cast on the correct number of stitches for the body, knit for awhile and thought, hmmm...that looks big. Oddly, my 48 inches were now 52 inches.

That's a pretty significant difference. And suspiciously the correct measurement for 20.

It appears that once again I've been outsmarted by a sheep.

18 comments:

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

WOW. You've spun enough yarn AND knitted the sweater ALL in just a handful of months?!!! Very impressive!
The yarn AND sweater are beautiful.

Shirley said...

Do we get to see 20 wearing "his" sweater?

Alice said...

That sweater looks as snuggly as B. Willard. What a tribute to him and your talents!! I wonder if B. Willard knows that you are wearing his coat ;-) Enjoy!!!

Lori Skoog said...

Sara...the pictures, B. Willard and the sweater are all beautiful! Love your hair! Nice picture taking Tim!

Christine said...

LOL, hmmmm...sounds like 20 needs constant supervision.

LOVE the sweater!

tonya said...

amazing!!

Jenny Glen said...

LOVE that sweater! It looks so cozy and warm. (one of my priorities up here in the Great White North)

Sheepmom said...

Definately one of the best. posts. ever. Gorgeous sweater, sheeplady and B. Willard so 'happeeee togetherrrrr'. You two could be in a magazine. St. Tim knows his way around a camera. Now you really must give 20 equal time and let him model the sweater and 'splain why it somehow got big.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I'm in awe...to go from sheep to sweater...that's my dream! I love it!!

Terry said...

Wow.

Sue said...

Great sweater! Don't you love being able to know exactly who your yarn comes from? I've got my Belinda vest, my Eartha socks, my Emma mittens, my Camille shawl. If less people wanted stuff done, maybe I could have an entire outfit from the flock.

Nancy K. said...

That 20 is getting pretty darn sneaky! The sweater looks great and I love seeing it with the sheep that the wool came from. What a wonderful way to keep your sheep around forever!

cyndy said...

Gorgeous work ! Looks like a perfect and cozy sweater...and just think, it all started with your beautiful pasture and B. Willard!
What a treasure!

Ed said...

OOOOOO A B.Willard original, looks great! :-) Did B. Willard think you were his clone wearing his wool? ;-)

Susan said...

What a hug-able looking sheep. The sweater - gorgeous!

flowerweaver said...

Sweater turned out great! Loved seeing it next to the B. Willard himself. 20 does seem suspect in the size change...

sheepsclothing said...

lovely sweater- did B. Willard recognize himself?

Jan baby said...

The sweater turned out great. KNIT ON WITH CONFIDENCE . . .

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