Above is the inauspicious beginning of my March of Fibres sweater from April of 2014. I used a variety of mostly handspun yarns to make this sweater. Above is a Shetland lamb named Miracle’s wool which I had spun into a lovely soft yarn.
I took this sweater to Black Sheep that year and knit with the World Cup.
I occasionally had to spin more yarn so brought my miniSpinner up to my mother’s cabin to make more.
I also brought it along in the camper van when we went to clean up after my father’s cabin burned down.
I knit during football season (this is the Rose Bowl)
and baseball season (this is Nelson Cruz’ first at bat as a Mariner).
I brought my sweater with me on my 50th birthday trip this spring.
I held my sweater project for a few months while I did my hap shawl but then picked it up again. I had to spin some more yarn to finish even though my right hand was non-functional with a wasp sting so I plied left-handed.
I brought it to Dad’s “cabin” in the camper van one more time.
And then this last weekend when we brought the Boles Aero up his mountain I was able to finish it!
So each of the animals is knit with fiber from that type of animal. The sheep are knit with wool from our sheep Hershey, Jocko, Moll and Tanya. The white Angora is from our bunny Susan. The goats are knit from our Angora doe Angie and the others from cashmere from several of our goats combined but mostly Shama. The llamas are knit from wool from our llama Tudor. The yaks and camels are from fiber I purchased at Black Sheep and spun into yarn.
On the tops of the shoulders are dogs knit from hair from my dog Mica.
Many of our animals that produced fiber for this sweater have since died including Hershey, Jocko, James, Lonny, Reuben, Rhett, Lou, Susan, Angie, Shama, Tudor and Mica. So this sweater has turned into a tribute to them that now I can appreciate whenever wear it (when it is cold enough).