Inspiration from Unlikely Places
When I’m out in public in cool weather, I am often distracted by people wearing interesting sweaters. Sometimes it’s just a texture or a cable pattern I’m drawn to. Other times it’s a neckline, or a color combination, or another interesting feature, like pockets.
I try to log these things away in my little brain, so that I might call upon them later when I’m planning a project.
I had one of those moments on the bus to work earlier this week
There was a guy sitting across the way, and he had a on what looked to be an old-ish, well worn sweater with a couple of minor holes in it. It was light gray with deep red and creamy white “tips” on the collar and sleeves. Double-thickness shawl collar with the red and white on the inside so it showed when it was folded outward.
Very sporty, yet traditional. I was captivated.
I immediately started thinking of what light gray wool I have in the stash.
Gershom, the Shetland ram. Very fitting.
But is there enough left? I’ve been using bits of Gershom for all kinds of things – hats, socks, scarves.
I have some other grayish shetland (actually white with black fibers throughout) that I could probably blend it with. Maybe it would be enough.
I’m tempted to call Betty and reserve Gershom’s 09 fleece.
Something about that red/white/gray combo has really captured my imagination for some reason.
(The red in the photo isn’t quite right, I think, but was the best I could do in a pinch. Looks like I’ll have to take a stab at dyeing something for this venture…. perhaps overdying the gray? What do you think?)
BTW- Next weekend is my field trip to Mutiny Bay Farm in on Whidbey Island. Stand by for Black Welsh Mountain sheep!