Sheep Love

And now for something crazy...

I knit a sweater and put a sheep on it.

Yes, a sheep.

In fact, I'm starting a new hashtag...

...it's called...

#PutASheepOnIt

Here's me fluffing the sheep...

...and here's me pointing to the sheep.

And lastly, an obligatory shot of my adorable dogs. 

This sweater is from Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads by Cirilia Rose. Cirilia made hers with a woolen heart motif as an homage to her love of wool, so I made mine with a sheep as a tribute to my borderline unhealthy sheep obsession. 

What brought me to make such a ridiculous project you ask??

Nothing in particular, really, other than that I wanted to have at least one art piece in my knitwear-wardrobe worthy of the jealous on-looks of fellow crazy sheep ladies at any given yarn-store/wool-fest/old-folks-home. 

The yarn is HiKoo Kenzie, a super soft wool blend. The sheep’s locks are from a black Wensleydale sheep because: A. Wensleydales are incredible and have some of longest and most lustrous wool of any sheep breed and B. I obvi had to have a black sheep because of my brooding soul. Also I just love black sheep and their sun-bleached tips. They’re single handedly bringing 90’s hair back. 

Here's a Wensleydale sheep in the flesh/wool for your reference. 

What also attracted me to this pattern was the message behind it. I kind of just picked up this book on a whim because I loved the styling, I really didn’t have any plans to make anything from it. Then, I read Cirilia’s story behind her design: 

Perhaps more than any other item in this book, saddle-shouldered Studio embodies my approach to design. It started with an irreverent slogan pulled from Kanye West’s prolific and utterly entertaining Twitter feed. When he would make a mistake he would quickly correct himself, adding the hashtag #ITSAPROCESS. I loved the sentiment, and the indignant mood of the runon, all-caps delivery. It became a mantra for me as I swatched, sketched, and ultimately rejected a whole book’s worth of ideas before arriving at the keepers.

This struggle is necessary, and it reminds me of another quote I hold dear, this time from Pablo Picasso: “That inspiration comes, does not depend on me; the only thing I can do is make sure it catches me working.” Studio Pullover went through many permutations, all of them serving as sketches for a moment in time—a design thought that I needed to explore. The first was a literal duplicate-stitch replica of the Kanye hashtag, but I found myself wishing for the flatter appearance of intarsia.

I painstakingly removed the lettering and grabbed a bag of vibrantly dyed curly locks, oddments from an Etsy seller comprised of the leftovers from other orders. Using the same fiber-hooking technique I chose for the Marion Collar I covered each saddle shoulder with the locks. The effect was incredibly cool, but perhaps a bit too couture for everyday wear. I landed on a heart motif as an homage to my love for wool, something I knew most knitters would readily identify with. Before hooking the heart, I used a strand of yarn to roughly outline where I wanted the motif.

This spare, geometric heart with two dangling tails at the bottom formed a third, wholly unexpected incarnation, one that I plan to replicate in another sweater, perhaps with lightweight chain. Studio ended up taking many more hours than it should have, but it felt like tending a bonsai. Each variation bent my will in a new way, forcing a thorough exploration of my goals and my perception of the audience. As ever, it’s a process…
— Cilia Rose: Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads

Everyone who reads this blog (all 5 of you) knows how much I love Kanye. I was sold.