Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Fiberuary Day Three - Knit In 2019


I'm trying to do I am doing the February fiber challenge Fiberuary again this year.  I enjoy these month long challenges because a. I like a fun challenge and b. I frequently think about things I wouldn't normally and sometimes learn something new either about myself or my craft.  I've also made some great friends following other posts.

Yesterday's challenge was "Knit in 2019".  The obvious first thought was the epic Muffin and Pepperpot sweater. I've used that for a several posts already though, but the only other thing I could think of was a teddy bear sweater I knit over the Christmas season.  I stewed on it off and on all day while caring for a sick sheep and just couldn't get enthused.  

And then it hit me.  I did have another 2019 knit that I hadn't already over-shared.  The Rebecca Boone cape.  The cape I really enjoyed dyeing the yarn for and knitting. The cape I sent off to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival and won a blue ribbon with.  The cape I...had still never even tried on. 

I don't know why I hadn't.  Maybe because I was afraid it wouldn't fit or I'd look stupid in a cape and I would no longer love it the way I did.  I know I'd hoped to wear it during the Kentucky Wool Festival or for the Rhinebeck Blues party, but both events were too warm.  I didn't worry about it though because I knew I had plenty of time...until I didn't.

The sick sheep I'm caring for is Rebecca Boone and she is very sick.  I had hoped it was "just" pneumonia due to the crazy weather, but is most likely a heart problem that has now developed into pneumonia.  The vet was back out this morning and we are trying one more thing, but I don't have a lot of hope.  One thing I can say about Cotswolds though is they don't go down without a fight and she is still fighting. 

So as I sat in the truck where I could watch her without bothering her (she is quite over being doctored) I beat myself up for forgetting to do a "dressed alike" photo shoot with her.  Then I added in never making the Ewen mittens and the PPPP sweater or Renny's steeked flower sweater and...

The only one of those I could maybe fix was Rebecca Boone.  I decided to try and called my neighbor to see if she could come over and take a couple quick pictures while I sat down with her in the barn...and I went in to get the cape...that fit perfectly and I now loved even more.

I had hoped she'd just keep laying down and I could crouch down next to her without bothering her too much, but she saw both of us coming and made a run for the door.  I quickly grabbed a bag of cookies in hopes that would stop her and it did and she even ate two for me while Jennifer quickly snapped a few pictures.  We then hightailed it out and let her go back to bed.

Jennifer got several pictures that most people would think looked fine, but as I know the sheep (and the shepherd) I look at them and mostly see a sick sheep and a sad shepherd...who is wearing a lovely cape she made from the wool of one of her very favorite sheep.  I hope we get another chance to re-take these pictures.


15 comments:

I need orange said...

Sending good vibes to Rebecca Boone, and to you.

Dee Rhodes said...

The cape is lovely, and the story is so moving. I’m so glad you have this picture and am hoping for her to get well. Thank you for sharing this and letting me get to know you a little. I read these all of last February and it really opened up my works in an interesting and inspiring way. Im trying to do them a myself this year.

sophy0075 said...

Oh, what a sweet sad blog today. Praying for the best for you both.

Beautiful cape. And it is a treasure because of its provenance.

amyfibre said...

Aw, hugs to both of you. Hoping for the best.

Mary Ann said...

Oh, Sara, I'm so sorry....the Cape is beautiful and so is Rebecca. I've only every lost one sheep but I commiserate with you, and hope for the best result.

Michelle said...

That cape is just like a warm hug. Sending Rebecca Boone some, too. I'm sorry, dear friend. I know what your heart is dreading.... 😞

CathyD. said...

Sara, I feel like a heel. I saw your post on FB and just commented the first thing that came to mind without reading the story. I didn't see the sick sheep or the sad shepherd at first. I am so sorry. I do love that you have this picture with her. I think it shows your love and respect for each other. And I am truly sorry to hear about her illness. It is so hard to watch all these sheep get old and decline. They are all old friends that I've known for years. I do hope Rebecca rallies and you get more time and more pictures with her. I'll say a prayer for her.

Janice L. Grinyer said...

Fingers crossed that Rebecca gets over this and that Spring arrives a little early (((hugs to you both!!)))

Lisa said...

It is so sad to see the animals we love not thriving. I'm glad you were able to get a few pictures with her. The cape is lovely. I hope you get many more chances to wear it with your beloved Rebecca.

Benita said...

My thoughts are with you and Rebecca Boone today. I hope she gets better. And the poncho is lovely. She may have been tired of being doctored, but she made a beautiful item to hug you.

Karen at longwell said...

Oh Sara...I remember your beautiful cape at the Festival as I am one of the others who entered the Skein and Garment competition. My cape (the same pattern) was not a winner but NO sadness here. Especially now that I know the backstory and who provided the wool, I am even more thrilled that yours was the Blue Ribbon! It. is. stunning! Thank you to your special sheep. Rebecca Boone, you make lovely wool! And my hope is that you are getting well and stronger - to make more...hugs to you both :-)

Terry and Linda said...

Your cape is lovely. You do such nice work. I am so sorry about Rebbecca Bone...I hope she gets better. Even how she is standing says she really isn't feeling the best. I love her gray mouth and chin...what a sweetheart.
Hugs to both of you.

Cheryl West said...

Dear Sara, I'm sending loving thoughts for you and love and better health for Rebecca Boone.
At least she rallied for cookies and a photo. The cape is beautiful and perfect. It will be a warm remembrance now and for the future.

LannieK said...

Dear Sara, as I send the best healing wishes I can for dear Rebecca Boone I know being an older sheep only has it's perks at your farm, which doesn't make it any easier for you... I hope your days are easy, for both of you. She's always been one of my favorites too.
Your cape is simply *Blue Ribbon* GORGEOUS!!! And it looks stunning on you. So glad you were able to get a pix ~
)))hugs(((

Far Side of Fifty said...

I see a beautiful shepherd caring for a sheep she loves:)

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