Sunday, March 01, 2009

Bozo's Contribution To The Wardrobe

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it. ~Albert Einstein

I finally finished my wrapper or sweater. I started it in June 2007. I made it from Bozo (handsome sucker isn't he?)so it is not really next to the skin wool but my criteria was...

1) easy pattern as I had never made a sweater
2) large as I hate to wear tight things
3) warm
4) easily adaptable
I hate coats and sweaters as I feel confined. I needed something warm enough to wear when I could no longer get away with just wearing a long sleeve shirt. I needed to be able to easily change length as I didn't want it so long that when I squatted down it would get in the dirt.
And I got this. Excuse the stitch markers, I didn't add buttons yet. Now what should I have done? I made it big to compensate for the rather large chest my mother was nice enough to bless me with..Thanks Mom...plus some. I should not have made it as big as I did. When I finally got back to it I forgot to add the button holes hence why the stitch markers only go so far down! This really isn't a problem as I don't usually button them (see #2). Although I love the variation in the fleece (which is what made me want to use it) I should have been more careful when I was adding a new skein to finish the raglan sleeves.
Once I was able to spin the wool to knit it, it went quickly. I love it because I fed him, sheared him, washed the fleece myself, carded it myself, spun it myself and knit it. And I said I would have it done by Spring and I had it done by Meteorological Spring. Now to finish the capelet and then I might even entertain the idea of doing another sweater.

6 comments:

cyndy said...

Awesome! Beautiful! Yay!

And you got it finished by the deadline too! Yikes Judy!

IslandBrze said...

Incredible Sis. How cool that it is yours from the sheering to the knitting. Very nice.

Debbie said...

Judy, how wonderful!!! THe sweater is beautiful adnd truly "yours". i am currenlty hunting an easy crochet pattern that fits your same criteria for my first homespun. I will use your accomplishment as inspiration!

Tam said...

Gorgeous Judy!

finnsheep said...

Great sweater!!! It is so cool that you designed it your self and made it COMPLETELY from scratch.

Sandie Knapp said...

Congratulations Judy!
I think that is the most wonderful thing, that you raised your sheep, sheared and washed his fleece, and spun it yourself to knit this wonderful sweater. I wish I had done something like that when I had our flock of Tunis. Oh well, that's water over the damn now. But I am so happy for you. This should be treasured for many years to come. :)