Over the weekend I started working on some swatches for my rare breed sweater.
I have two sets of rare breed yarns to work with, one light and one dark.
The body of the sweater will be Ryeland yarn in natural white. My dark rare breed yarns will work with this:
From left they are: Ryeland (white), Manx Loghtan, Hebridean, Shetland, Lincoln, Soay, Jacob, and 2 colors of Navajo Churro.
I also have quite a few white and light color rare breed yarns. As a background for these, I dyed some of the Ryeland green:
From left, these are: Ryeland (green), Teeswater, Wensleydale, Tunis, White Faced Woodland, North Ronaldsay, Leicester Longwool, Cotswold, and Karakul.
Using this motif, which measures 16 by 16 stitches, I will have enough different types of yarns for 2 rows of sheep on the body of the sweater.
This is a sketch of the design idea I'm considering:
My plan is to knit a cardigan so this view is from the back. I have some dark blue Hog Island yarn which I plan to use for the seeding pattern and as an accent in the transition pattern between the stripes of sheep.
It's been this transition I'm working on at the moment. So I've been knitting strips to experiment with possibilities:
I haven't decided which I like best. Perhaps I'll knit a few more. I tend to want something simple.
I'd like to be able to say I'll finish the sweater this winter, but I know myself too well. I'm pretty much an "all thumbs" knitter and so tend to knit slowly. I'm usually good for one sweater or vest and several pairs of socks each year. And with the kids in college our lives have changed. In the winter my knitting time used to be in the evenings, when we would read aloud rather than watch TV. Our favorite books then were the Little House series, the Ralph Moody series, Watership Down, and Rascal by Sterling North.
So with the daylight hours dwindling and long evenings of dark ahead, perhaps a trip to the library for a good book on CD is in order. Any suggestions?
Winter Knitting Project
TA-DAH! Rare Breed Sweater Done!