Once upon a time..

There was a knitter. She probably spent way too much time knitting, but then she picked up spinning too, and it was all over. She started spinning yarn, and as she started to suck less (there was quite the learning curve) the knitter discovered that she could sometimes make the yarn that she wanted to make, rather than just whatever yarn happened when she was done spinning. When that finally started to happen with some regularity, she started trying to spin for particular projects, and it started to actually work! Then, she made this yarn and became completely obsessed with creating a sweater that would show off its lovely gradient nature. She knit a sweater, and even wore it to Rhinebeck, but never did a photo shoot for the sweater, until now…

(I would like to point out that all of these pictures were taken by my 14 year old brother, who is getting to be quite the photographer. He’s smart too. I asked him to TRY to make me pretty, and he said “Making you pretty is going to be easy. It would be hard to make you ugly.” That kid knows what’s up.)

I love this sweater. I don’t think that it could possibly be prettier. I’m so proud of it that I could burst, since the whole crazy thing came out of my own head. It’s flattering and gorgeous, and I want to wear it every day. I think the handspun really gets to be the star of the show, and I love that. I think it would work in a huge number of different color combos and with different types of space-dyed fiber.

My question is this. Would anyone be interested in a pattern for this sweater? I did it top-down and in the round, so I basically knit the yoke and then fit it to my measurements, trying it on as I went. I don’t think I’d do a huge number of sizes, more like a formula so you can get the kind of sweater that you like. Would anyone want that?



  1. Lovely story, photos and sweater! I would most definitely be interested in the pattern! Maybe I’ll attempt to make it for myself after (if) I get through all my Christmas knitting.

  2. So, so pretty!!!! Tell your little brother he did a great job as your photographer, too! 🙂

  3. The comments from the little brother are so lovely! He is right it would be hard to make you ugly. 🙂
    I think a lot of people would be interested in that beautiful pattern/recipe.

  4. I would be interested 🙂 It’s a very nice sweater, congrats!

  5. I said this on instagram, but I really love the colorwork details. This just came out so perfectly.

  6. Beautiful sweater…well done! I’m so incredibly impressed with your spinning, knitting, and winging the whole thing.

  7. I would definitely be interested in the pattern – beautiful photos by the way 🙂

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