It’s funny how one’s imagination can get completely fired up by a story that we relate to. When I saw Kate Kavies’ post about The Shepherd hoody, I got very, very excited.
Leaving aside the fact that Kate Davies has managed to design a hoody that “had” me at first glance, it’s also the backstory to the Shepherd and the Shearer that has great significance to me. The project resonates very loudly within my core: using yarn from local sheep to make a beautiful sweater in a sturdy yarn that you could throw on and wear, and wear, and wear….and that will still be amazing in 20 years’ time. It was also about women operating in a traditionally male dominated profession, doing what they love, and doing it well. I could immediately think of several Kiwi women doing exactly the same thing, and what better way to celebrate their accomplishment in wool than by knitting a Shepherd in New Zealand yarn?
I immediately bought the pattern for The Shepherd, dug out the yarn, and swatched!! In fact, I was so excited that even though it was late, I didn’t stop knitting until it was done, and that swatch is quite a monster!
So, which yarn do you think I am using? I think I need to share a bit of this yarn love. If you have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know my favourites, and should be able to figure it out.
To make this really fun, I’m giving away two hanks of this wonderful yarn: one hank each to two lucky readers who comment with the right answer. (There will be a natural colour choice). Entries close on Saturday, 28 September, and the winners will be drawn by random number generator from a list of names with the correct answer.
Here is a clue: It’s New Zealand grown, shorn and spun. It’s 100% wool, and the sheep are farmed by a woman, shorn by a woman (I’m not sure if all the sheep are shorn only by her, but she definitely gets mentioned), and spun by a woman. It is the perfect yarn for The Shepherd, or the Shearer (I love Kirsten Kapur’s sweater too and might have to knit it as well!). For that matter, it has all the qualities mentioned by Susan Gibbs for the yarn they have especially designed over at Juniper Moon.
Best of all for me, this yarn is the perfect gauge!! Yippee!!
So, if you fancy getting your hands of a nice bit of New Zealand wool, take a guess at whose yarn this is (some research in my page tabs and it won’t be hard), and leave a comment.
In the meantime, I’m going to start my Shepherd!!