Monday, March 19, 2018

How About A Farm Pond And A Chicken?

When Kate Davies released her Carbeth sweater pattern a couple months ago, she posted it to her blog with pictures taken posed alongside a snowy loch...complete with a swan gliding past.  When Mason-Dixon Knitting posted the Bang Out A Carbeth Knitalong, they specifically commented on the swan as well.  It really was a stunning picture!

As Carbeth sweaters were banged out around the world and pictures started appearing on Instagram, they soon became known as the Carbeth Swan Dance.  Well, I don't have a frozen loch...or a swan...but I do have a cool sheep (who also happened to provide the yarn for my Carbeth), a farm pond...and an Adventure Chicken.  Let's do it!


Baaxter walked out there pretty darn willingly considering it had been at least two years, maybe three, since he'd had a collar and lead on.  This is the Frog Pond, not the Ice Skating Pond.  It's the small pond/group of trees/native plants you see in front of the bigger pond at the back of the farm.


Tim took a bunch of pictures in various locations and positions and...


...like most pictures of me, the less of me showing, the better ;-).


These are my favorites, even though they don't really show much of the sweater.


"You're doing a good job, Baaxter.  And your sweater is very nice.  Cozy and comfy."



While the sweater was designed to be a stylish crop top, since mostly where I wear my sweaters is to work out in the barn in the winter, I decided to add a few extra inches to the body length.  


Can you believe this is that cute little brat who terrorized 20 and Auntie Reg (yikes!) four years ago?  You can still juuuust barely see his white X.


I'm not sure if B. Willard is noticing the new hand knit sweater (being a Sheep of Impeccable Character, this would not be...out of character) or is just amazed that I was wearing something relatively clean for a change ;-).


"Yep, that's not a swan."

Nope, that's the Sheep Chicken.  She was ready to go to bed so she was easy to catch ;-).

I give the Carbeth two thumbs up.  I think it's going to be perfect warm winter barn sweater.  The Bang Out A Carbeth knitalong was great fun and the Iknitarod (the re-knit) continues to be my all time favorite winter event.  As always, I was in great company and that makes it all worth it.


20 comments:

Reg Campbell said...

Baby B made a beautiful sweater. Love the chicken pose.
20 will be jealous of your new sweater. Great job.

I need orange said...

Love everything about this. Baaxter being so good. Your beautiful sweater. The Sheep Chicken rather than a swan............... Saint Tim did a lovely, lovely job. :-)

(I've never understood a cropped sweater. If it's cold, let's have a good lot of overlap between my warm upper garment and my jeans, please. Totally with you on this. :-) )

Michelle said...

That sweater is gorgeous! I think you are so talented for making it. I cannot imagine doing that.

Lori Skoog said...

Hey Auntie Reg and Michelle! Oh, and Sara...and Baaxter! I love the sweater, the sheep, the pond, the story and Saint Tim did a fine job with the photos. You look great Sara!

D. Bailey said...

A Sheep Chicken in the hand is better than a swan in a loch anytime, especially with Baaxter by your side. Beautiful sweater and pictures.

Deb

Marcy Doane said...

Sweet, sweet pictures, especially out by the pond. I admire your ability to take the project from sheep to shoulders. Love the sweater and I think the length is perfect! Thanks for sharing. Big hugs to Baaxter.

Michelle said...

Thank St. Tim for shooting so many wonderful photos of you – all of which you look wonderful IN, you silly girl!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I enjoyed seeing all the photos, your sweater is lovely. I really like the color! Better photo holding a chicken that with a swimming swan:)

Anchor Cottage said...

You look darling!

Marilyn F. said...

Nice job on your Carbeth!!! I like seeing it longer and fuller - like a sweater you could actually wear in the winter.

Cheryl West said...

Wonderful photos of you, your sweet sheep and cozy chicken. Your sweater looks so warm and definitely a more practical length. Would you be tempted to knit another Carbeth with another color of yarn,maybe blue?

Susan said...

Great pictures of you! And such attractive co-models you have there. I'll take a chicken over a swan any day. I really like the Carbeth sweater - it looks so warm and stylish.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm tempted to knit the cardigan Carbeth! It's set up to be knit "flat", but surely it could be converted to the round and steeked...I think...but not having actually tried steeking yet...maybe time for a Cardigan Carbear :-).

LannieK said...

It came out just beautiful! You look marvelous in it! And Kate would totally love Baaxter and the Adventure Chicken... and the Carbeth, of course! Beautiful knitting! And perfect photos & styling, St Tim!

Terry and Linda said...

You did a very nice job! I love the sheeps shots with you!

MarmePurl said...

Gorgeous. the pond, the sheep, the chickenswan, the sweater and most importantly You.

Anonymous said...

a girl, her sheep and their sweater. perfect.i'm not a knitter, but i do like that pattern and especially the added length. applause. and great photos from tim, too. standing O. --suz in ohio

Renee said...

The sweater is beautiful! I really like the added length, and it fits you perfectly. Sheep, chickens and a frog pond with cattails are every bit as lovely as a swan and a loch!

sophy0075 said...

Oh, how splendid. Swans may be regal, but an Adventure Chicken and some great Sheep with Personality trump them every day. And the length of your Carbeth ( I keep wanting to type Carbear) is perfect. Good job!

Sheepmom said...

Awesome photo shoot! Sweater looks perfect, sheep and chicken are the cherry on top! Couldn't be better. So happy it turned out the way YOU wanted!

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