(Photos by Calvin.)
I finished my Shalom, knit with the yarn I spun from Cinnamon (the sheep). I've made this sweater twice before, but never have I made it following the pattern exactly, and keeping it sleeveless. I had just the right amount of yarn to do that. I got gauge with the handspun, but could have used to add a few stitches to the body or at least ignore the waist shaping. No matter. I like it as it is - open in the front, with no sleeves to get in the way. It's warm (so warm!) and will be a perfect sweater for layering when an extra bit of warmth is needed out there. I can't think of a sheep I'd rather wear than Cinnamon - she's a sweet one, that girl. And isn't it amazing how her coloring translates into the yarn? I'm fascinated by that - the depth of color, the color at the tips versus closer to her body, and how that all blends together in the process of spinning...and yarn...and then a sweater. So good, this whole process is. I am in love with it all.