Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jester's Sweater


I knew this wasn't going to be an easy "take a picture with one of your favorite sheep" shoot.  While I know that Jester likes me, he was several years old when we got him and, like most of our Jacobs, has never become very chummy.  Oh, he's gotten to where he'll come up and quickly grab a cookie from you, but let's just say Hug a Sheep Day is not one of his favorite holidays ;-).


We trapped him in the end of the barn and then took the end gate down and built Amy an outside fence so she could get as close to us as she could, but not so close that it would upset him.  I bribed him with cookies and was able to get my hands on him a couple of times.  I love how every time I have to do that - for eye checks, deworming, feet trimming... he always immediately looks up at me.  He's the only sheep we have that does that.  I was hoping Amy could capture that and she did :-).



The sweater turned out great.  Everything blocked out just the way I'd hoped - lots of worry for nothing.  Gotta love wool.


Isn't he cute?  I tried to pick color patterns that reflected his special wide sweeping "jester hat" horns.


And I used a duplicate stitch to add a touch of dark gray to the big areas of light gray.  Fun and easy to do.


Annabelly, getting a closer look at her neckline.  The top two inches of the sweater are actually Annabelly, covering where I ran out of white Jester yarn.  She doesn't have a great fleece and I'd probably not really be interested in making a strictly Annabelly item, but I'm thrilled she's at least a part of something special.  She's a funny sheep and our very first lamb years ago.  She deserves to be included :-).


Thank you Jester.  I love your sweater :-).


Thank you Amy.  I love your pictures :-).

Field shots coming tomorrow, aka the Graham Lamb show.  Of course.  Sigh.

39 comments:

  1. I read one of your posts a couple days ago about this sweater and I have to admit, I didn't understand a word of it. All I know about knitting is that it involves yarn and long, pointy needles. However, I can appreciate a really gorgeous, beautifully made sweater when I see one. It is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for today's second post. The photos are beautiful, the sweater is incredible, and you finished it "in time."

    ReplyDelete
  3. Golly, in the picture of you with Annabelly , the sweater kinda blends in with the flock. All you need is some hay sprinkles and a good "baa" ;-)
    That is a seriously awesome sweater. You've done Jester and Annabelly proud.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gorgeous sweater. Isn't it fun to know who you're wearing? I just finished a sweater from 2 of my ewes (sisters Eartha and Etta, who were the first brown lambs I had born here).

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your sweater is awesome. :) I love the photos of your sheep. I'm jealous ;)

    Brigitte

    ReplyDelete
  6. Loved your description of Jester and your other Jacobs. Even our friendly Jacobs, aren't 'Graham lamb' friendly! They want their scratches when they want them and not when it is necessarily convenient for me ;) The photos are great and your sweater is absolutely lovely!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love, love, love, love that sweater. Did i mention love? :). I have GOT to learn to knit!

    ReplyDelete
  8. The sweater is gorgeous. I, too, love wool.........

    I also love your design decisions.

    Great work!!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Well done jester and Annabelly.
    Very well done Sara. I knew it would be perfectly beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You, the sweater, Jester and the flock look GORGEOUS! As usual I am very impressed with your talent!

    ReplyDelete
  11. LOVE your sweater!
    Love Jester even more!
    He really DOES look like a jester! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Your sweater looks wonderful! I love it and I love all the special extra notes about the sheep. So much fun.

    ReplyDelete
  13. gorgeous sweater on a beautiful person. Even if he is hard to catch, Jester obviously loves you. Nice shots Amy!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This was such a treat for me! Great friends, fun on the farm, and capturing it all on film!

    ReplyDelete
  15. This was such a treat for me! Great friends, fun on the farm, and capturing it all on film!

    ReplyDelete
  16. This was such a treat for me! Great friends, fun on the farm, and capturing it all on film!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Everything about this sweater is breathtaking! Your handspun yarn, the design, the handsome guy who provided the wool and the lovely lady wearing it!
    What an inspiration. Absolutely beautiful.
    kim

    ReplyDelete
  18. You did capture the sweep of Jester's horns in the pattern- that looks cool! That sweater looks really soft.
    I like the way Jester's markings around his mouth make him look like he's smiling.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sara, you look great, and Jester actually looks very proud...do you think he knows it's him in the sweater? Great accomplishment, and something you will treasure always.Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love it! So does Jester. He's all smiles!
    Hank wants a camera.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good job - by everyone involved! Jester's memory will live on in your beautiful sweater.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Well done. This was not a "novice" project and it turned out to be gorgeous. How fun to have a portable sheep hug, now you don't even have to walk out to the barn to get one!
    I especially like the jester hat horns in the pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  23. LOVE your sweater! It looks perfect. And love Jester's smiling face. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  24. You look gorgeous in that sweater...it suits your colouring very well. I would love to knit a sweater out of our sheep's wool someday :-)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow, Sara you are my hero, love the sweater, I am still trying to end up with a scarf that has same number of stitches on each row. Great job of making a sweater from your own wool, start to finish.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Lovely sweater, lovely sheep, lovely sweater-wearer! The pictures are great!!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think he is so beautiful. I had never known that type of sheep until I found your blog!

    Oh, yes...the sweater is also beautiful!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Absolutely beautiful sweater! It's perfect. And Jester looks like quite a character. I think I like him!

    ReplyDelete
  29. What a great post! Excellent job on the sweater, fantastic photos, lovely sheep (and Hank!). It's expecially meaningful since you're wearing Jester's wool - and there he is! Be proud of yourself - that's a great accomplishment.

    ReplyDelete
  30. The sweater turned out beautifully! You must be thrilled. The photos are great too.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Congrats, Sara!! The sweater is gorgeous on you. And what a great set of pictures with you and Jester and the ret of the flock. Beautiful job!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Oh my goodness, it's absolutely gorgeous! You did Jester proud.

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a sweet photo shoot. Sweater AND sheep are just gorgeous. I adore how he was looking up at you.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Couldn't help but to stop back by and have another look at that beautiful sweater :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Beautiful sweater, do the kids know its their wool in the sweaters? :-)

    ReplyDelete
  36. perfect! He was cooperative!:)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Beautiful, beautiful sweater! Admire your talent and creativity. Jester is unique (as in special). Love all the exceptional photos!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. awesome--sweater, pictures, sheep, dog, and women!

    ReplyDelete
  39. What a Great Story... and seeing the Sheep that Contributed to your Amazing Creations is really Special! Them standing next to what they are a Special part of is just Beautiful!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

    ReplyDelete

I am so sorry that even though I have word verification set to NO, it's still showing up for some readers :-(. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you'll still keep in touch. I really, really enjoy your comments.

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin