When she was born, she looked like a soft, fuzzy peach...all golden yellow with the rosiest, pinkest complexion. When I saw a summer sunset one morning, while the world was still slumbering, her colours blended in the sky outside my window, painting a picture of innocence and sweetness.
This was a big project for me, from a white fleece to spun wool to dyed fibre to knitted warmth. I enjoyed the whole process so thoroughly, all the while thinking of my little Sunshine who brightens up my day, from the moment she greets me with a smile to when she sinks into her bed.
I used two different wools, Blue Faced Leicester which is ultra soft and my favourite to spin and dye. I also had some Shetland which is also lovely. I harvested all the plants for dyeing from my homestead, though the lobster mushrooms came from my sister's woods. Most of the wool I spun first into singles, then I dyed it, then I plied it so there are subtle gradations in the colour.
In fact, I ran out of the lobster mushroom pink in the second last row of the last sleeve...luckily I had more wool dyed and I used my drop spindle to create the last yard or two.
My sweet peach of a girl loves all my knitting...she is by far the easiest to please with handknits. And because of that, I tend to knit her the most garments. The pattern is a favourite of mine, really quite straightforward. There is also a cardigan version, too.
My kids also enjoy watching the whole process, too. We harvested the plants and mushrooms together, beginning last autumn, and began dyeing in the winter. They sometimes sit near me when I spin, immersed in their own books and lulled into peace by the purr of the spinning wheel.
We also own a few books that illustrate the whole process of sheep to garment...
Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow is an old favourite, Feeding the Sheep by Leda Schubert was given to Sunshine as a birthday gift by a thoughtful friend, and A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert mysteriously made its way onto our bookshelf a long time ago.
And I do believe my sweet summer Sunshine loves her sunrise!
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