Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hug Some Yarn And Hand Knitted Items - Part Five - And A Yarn Along

Because what else are you gonna do?  This will be the last (and extremely picture heavy) Hug a Sheep Day/Farm Party post.  Too much good stuff to share...and I missed a whole bunch!  However, I took some really pretty Hank and Keebler pictures in the fog yesterday and with tomorrow being Halloween, I'm sure there will be some crazy shenanigans up at the barn later, so it's time to wrap it up :-). 


I'm going to start with Ginny's Wednesday Yarn Along.  Several years ago someone came into my booth at the Wool Festival and in chatting like we do, gave me a book recommendation - Sylvia's Farm:  The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd.  I found it online and read it cover to cover...a couple times over the years.  When I saw Sylvia Jorrin had a new book out and was going to be at Rhinebeck, I couldn't wait!  Here's part of the blurb from the back cover.  You'll see why she's a favorite author :-).

"Sometimes I sit with the sheep on the stone stairs leading down into the barnyard.  They look at me.  And, one at a time, the ones who need to, come to be petted and fussed over.  Staring into my face.  Intently.  We are together in those moments.  And I am well aware of my place.  I am the one with less clarity.  I work for them.  They are because of me.   But I am the servant.  Willingly.  They give more than I, I only give my labor.  Every day of the year.  My heart, most times.  My strength.  Every day.  My determination.  My will.  Always.  They give me peace.  Theirs is the greater gift.  And they keep me in my place."

So that's what I'm reading right now.  And I have a new knitting project in the works, this one involving color!  The Bandana Cowl in the picture was knitted in the car on the way home from Rhinebeck.

I may come back later and try to annotate the following pictures, but either I'm just extremely slow or posting a blog just takes a lot of time, but it's after 11:00 and really need to get off the computer and get some other work done and I still have a ton of computer work to do(!).  I'm just not sure how to balance all the things I want and need to do and it's frustrating.  

For now, enjoy some gorgeous knitting, crocheting, spinning and a sweet sleeping baby (that we only uncovered long enough to take a quick picture ;-).


Karen can not only knit this gorgeous sweater, but also run the entire show including making the oldsters in the retirement home feel included in Feed a Sheep a Cookie Day.  Thanks, Karen, I couldn't have done it without you!


This pattern is going straight to my knitting queue.  Gorgeous showcase for beautiful handspun!


Petunia and her sweater - still a favorite :-).


A stunning Norwegian sweater.  I could do an entire post on the knitting and construction details!


Super interesting cable structure!


She made the legs extra long so they'd look like Ewen McTeagle.  'Nuff said.  And don't miss the sheep tucked in her arm and her hand knit sheep purse and...


The Always Amazing Aaron - that's Ewen in the bottle!  And the bottle is his ingenious way to ply from a center pull ball.  As always...


This is done with four threads and you keep changing one color out periodically to get the color change.  I think I've said that right.


Let's get a closer look. 


Casper Belly!  This is headed for a sweater :-).


Yeah, same lady... ;-)


More from AAA


First handspun hat!  Use. Your. First. Yarns.  They're GORGEOUS!!!


Now moving onto socks - Babydoll Southdown.


Headed straight for my knitting queue.  In fact, a Hershey vest maybe? 


If you click to biggify, you'll see some hay/straw chaff on her mitts.  Working wool!


This colorful handspun hand knit hat was very popular.


And this is some more first spinning and knitting work. 


And her first baby too.  Both super :-D.

21 comments:

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wow that was a whole bunch of beautiful pieces..I enjoyed seeing them all. My fav..that vest with the buttons and that multicolor hat! :)

Alice said...

Oh My! What a lovely tribute to sheep! Looks like you had your own mini-Rhinebeck with such talented visitors ;-)

Laura Bray said...

The book sounds great! I may have to go pick it up!

Susan said...

Gee, I sure hope you're working on the 2014 calendars...wink, wink...

Buttons said...

Oh I loved this post and that book sounds wonderful. Oh your Bandana Cowl pattern makes me want to learn to knit faster. I am still experimenting with simple scarves and colours:) I am doing my best and seeing all these beautiful works of art in this post make me want to explore my inner knitter that has been hiding. Great photos. B

Miha Giustina said...

That back cover intro to the book is you!:-)

I like the first dark green sweater. And the brown one towards the bottom -- the one with the silver sheepie buttons. All very neat!

Mary Ann said...

My little sister was the knitting talent in our family, but your pictures show such AMAZING projects! I hope all those ladies are so very proud... plus that last picture is just perfect!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Lots of neat things came to visit Hug a Sheep day, thanks for sharing.

Sheepmom said...

So much talent and sheepy goodness gathered in one place. The tatted doilies, the little sheep (!) all the great sweaters, hats, scarves.... Thanks for sharing with all of us who couldn't get there in person.

MarmePurl said...

DROOLING here over that gorgeous Knitwork! Yes indeed....a beautiful tribute to the fiber animals themselves and to the hands that create such lovely work. And to the sheppardess who brings us wannabees such pleasure with her words, photos and inspiration.

Andee said...

This post is jam packed with fiber goodness. I love the quote and it makes me want to read her book. I love all the knits and yarn in a bottle!

gowestferalwoman said...

Beautiful art; all of it.

including the wee little one :)

xoxox

Willow said...

This pst had me feeling all snug, warm and cozy. Course I loved that little hand made sheepie !

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are allll - the most talented ladies!! Beautiful work - love the tatting - all of it!!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Oh boy......where to start! The knitting, that shawl!, the 'blurb' from the book.....I cried of course.
Yarn in a bottle, hmm, like ship in a bottle only different :)
Yes, when you have 'nothing'to do please annotate. thanks as always.

Tracey said...

What an inspiring post! So many beautiful items to knit and a new book to add to my list which is always a good thing.

Shirley said...

So much to look at! I love the blue/green sweater in the first photo, (and the intent gaze upon the cookie!)and the interesting cable hat.

Christine said...

I love it all, but someone needs to explain the bottle to me. How exactly does the ball get inside the bottle?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Look again. The bottle is cut in half and slips down over itself. Ingenious.

Cathie J said...

I could look at all those great knits all day long. I loved the large, lacy doily (table cover?) Gorgeous gradation in color. Your explanation was perfect. I never thought to do that.

Christine said...

Doh!

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