Otherwise known as the Thneed.
This is the completion of a lifelong ambition for me. As a fibre geek who believes that the history of textiles is the history of civilisation, I have always wanted to produce an item of clothing from scratch. Where ‘from scratch’ means that I shore the sheep, washed and combed the wool, spun it, and crocheted it into an item of clothing, all myself.
I had to learn to crochet to make this, so it’s been a bit of a learning curve too – I had no idea I had such hippylike stuff in me!
The fibre is Arapawa/Gotland – an unusual cross. I ran out of fleece just as I started the hood, and you can tell the hood is from another sheep (still the same breed) because it doesn’t have the reddish colouring. Feral and primitive breeds tend not to clip a lot of wool, but it’s so soft and warm that it’s worth the effort.
I don’t think I’m about to go vegan and start sprouting my own mung beans, but I’ll let you know if I do.