Friday, April 3, 2015

The Burled Arch

Remember when I was complaining about how long it was taking to spin Maisie's yarn? And then how long it was taking to knit a fairly straightforward sweater?  It finally dawned on me that it took forever for her to grow up enough to move out of the house, so what did I expect? ;-)


We finally made it!

I took the finished sweater out to the barn yesterday to show Maisie.  She was standing behind the barn with several other sheep.  I kind of flipped it over the back gate to hold it up and all the sheep scattered.  Except Maisie.  She didn't even flinch.  She just looked very intently at the sweater.  And looked.  And looked.  No one else was in the least bit interested.  

I am hoping to do the "formal" pictures tomorrow.  It's supposed to clear off and be sunny and 44 in the morning.  Almost sweater weather :-).  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak...


This was the easiest blocking job Stella and I have ever done.  It washed wonderfully and fit perfectly so all we had to do was set it out, measure to make sure everything was even and placed a few pins, pink of course :-).  


And as a special treat for Maisie, I let her come out and eat with the boys last night.  Her Iknitarod Banquet.  Look how small she is next to them.  I never think of her as being that small.  My silly little girl :-).


22 comments:

The Dancing Donkey said...

Congratulations! That sweater is a work of art and I think you will treasure it all the more because this finish was so hard won. You'll feel the satisfaction of crossing the finish line every time you wear it. Well done.

Susan said...

It is wonderful - the sweater, Maisie, you - the whole thing!

I need orange said...

Hooray!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! It's wonderful. I wonder if Maisie could tell from the scent that it was her wool?

I totally love all of your Iknitarod pictures. Especially this one. :-) Good work!

janna e said...

Well done, you! You and Maisie should be very proud!

Benita Story said...

Yay for you and Maise! Between you that is a lovely sweater.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

HOW FLIPPEN wonderful!!! Isn't that interesting that Maisie just KNEW? I LOVE it. And how nice of you ro give her a treat.
She really does look small next to the 'boyz'. Good Job Sara.........now, are you going to get flooded?

MarmePurl said...

Fabulous. The sweater, You, Maisie....
So glad she got to share the banquet with the boys. Would have loved to be the one preparing that feast.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Yeah! You made it! Before Easter too! Looks like a beauty of a sweater:)

Michelle said...

You are so talented! So sweet that this sweater is made from Maisie :)

Lori Skoog said...

You are one cookin' woman! Beautiful sweater, perfect Masie....and you never cease to amaze me.

Sheepmom said...

Just like Maisie, this sweater has been problematic but the results are worth the effort! Grand job on both saving/raising Maisie and creating this lovely sweater. Can't wait to see pics of you wearing the sweater while hugging Maisie.....while she kicks your shins. ;-)
May the next Iknitarod be more .... predictable.

RuusVerd said...

I love Maisie with the cheerio box! I didn't realize she was still that small compared to the others. Of course, she was in full fleece last time I saw her, and anyway all your sheep look big to me! :-) I wonder if Mira will stay smaller than everyone else?

Alice said...

I always admire your ability to challenge yourself to be your best self in whatever task you set out to accomplish!! Brava! to a wonderful masterpiece!

sophy0075 said...

That is a beautiful jumper, in both colour and construction. You and Maisie should be proud.

LannieK said...

Yea! Congrats! The sweater and you both look great under that arch in Nome :-) Hooray!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I doubt it. None of my bottle lambs have stayed small except Maisie and I think that's because she got stunted due to the troubles with the formula for the first month of her life. Mira already seems larger than life haha :-D.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Cool enough to day to wear a sweater so I'm enjoying it. Very comfy. Might be my new favorite :-).

Michelle said...

It's been a miracle ride from the beginning -- not a FAST miracle, but a miracle all along. (Beautiful pattern, too!)

Michelle said...

It's been a miracle ride from the beginning -- not a FAST miracle, but a miracle all along. (Beautiful pattern, too!)

Lisa Smith said...

Sara, your sweater is absolutely lovely! May you enjoy many warm, cozy years wearing it!

T.L. Merrybard said...

Woo hoo! So beautiful!

Maureen said...

Wow! What an incredible project - one day I hope I can make something this gorgeous...

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