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:

The Dancing Donkey said...

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.

Michelle said...

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

Alice said...

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.

Sue said...

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).

♥ Brigitte ♥ said...

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

Brigitte

kenleighacres.com said...

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!!!

small farm girl said...

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

I need orange said...

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

I also love your design decisions.

Great work!!! :-)

MarmePurl said...

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

Lori Skoog said...

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

Mimi Foxmorton said...

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

Andee said...

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

Spinners End Farm said...

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

Auset said...

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

Auset said...

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

Auset said...

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

Kim said...

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

Shirley said...

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.

Pam said...

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!

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

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

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

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

CathyD. said...

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.

Marcy said...

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

Jody said...

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 :-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

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.

Susan said...

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

Terry and Linda said...

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
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http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Peacecat said...

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

Sheepmom said...

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.

Mary C said...

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

amyfibre said...

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!

Terry said...

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

Michelle said...

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

MarmePurl said...

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

Ed said...

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

Far Side of Fifty said...

perfect! He was cooperative!:)

Strawberry Lane said...

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

Eleanor P said...

awesome--sweater, pictures, sheep, dog, and women!

Bohemian said...

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

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