From Sheep to Gansey
I thought for today's Yarn Along-I should give an update on the progress of my VT Grand View Farm Gansey. I have gathered several books to inspire me, and to instruct me on my quest to design and knit our farm gansey. Choosing which stitch patterns to include did not take long, however, my biggest challenge has been trying to figure out the best way to graph my design. I imagine, these fishermen did not need graphs or patterns or books to knit their own sweaters. They simply needed to pick up their knitting needles and yarn, and their hands knew the way to go.
|Copying and Taping Patterns to Graph Paper|
So, the next morning, after they ate their breakfast, they insisted that I come into the B&B for a knitting lesson on cables. We sat side by side on my sofa, she speaking German, showing my hands how to do the stitching, and I speaking English, following along. We laughed at the differences in how we knit, English vs. Continental, and we laughed at the terms we each used to mean "knit" and "purl". With knitting needles in hand, there was no language barrier, our hands spoke the same language.
|Natural Gray Yarn or Over-Dyed Yarn?|
In Beth Brown-Reinsel's book, she says that she likes to knit the body of the sweater before starting to graph the sleeves. I like that idea-so I can begin to see some progress before tackling more graphing and figuring. I am toying between whether or not to use a natural gray or blue yarn. I have over-dyed some of our gray yarn with blue, and love the results. I also love the gray and blue together so am pondering a way to combine both yarns in the sweater. Today, I will knit a swatch, just to be sure of my gauge and hopefully, by next week, I will have begun knitting!
|My Flock of Sheep|
Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel
Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway
Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts
VT Grand View Farm Yarn
My farm and my flock of Romney sheep
My friend, Jennifer, at The Sachem Farmhouse in CT
The new friends who encourage me from Yarn Along