I love the word fruition, especially because of the way it feels when its syllables roll effortlessly off the tongue. Two long-standing projects came to fruition today. I observed the first of these terminations as I drove along the river. You may recall a recent post about nearby fields of sunflowers and their seemingly immediate progression from flowering to seed set. Today marked the harvest of all of these fields. Although corn and soybean crops are fully mature and dried down, the coincidence of my travels today and this very particular harvest was fortunate. Each of the three local parcels was very small and this combine was halfway through the second as I passed. Another hour or so and I would have missed an event that I had been anticipating since June.

The initiation of today’s other terminating event occurred a month ago when I posted about sixteen skeins of three-ply, worsted weight yarn that Joanna had just washed and dried. Some of these were knit into the sweater shown below. The earlier post outlined all of the events required to produce this sweater from wool of the ewe Zoe. The yoke was hand-dyed (thanks Lilly!) in three shades of teal, sorted and spun to preserve the gradation of shade. The pattern is based on one from Meg Swansen’s book A Gathering of Lace. The realization of the final product (which required more than four years … sheep to sweater) … the coming to fruition of the project … was a very welcome event.

8 thoughts on “Fruition

    • Thanks for your comment on the sweater. I nagged Joanna to let me post a picture of her in it. When it seemed that no one was going to recognize it she was very sad. Yours will make her day! She’s pretty proud of the way it turned out. D

    • Thanks especially for the comment on the sweater. I keep asking her, “Let me post photos of your work.” And she says that no one wants to see images of shawls and sweaters! It was all I could do to get her to pose for this post! For the first little while she took great pleasure in saying, “See … I told you!” Then we saw your comment … and she was really pleased. Thank you! D

  1. I am glad you got to see the sunflowers being harvested, and I am glad I got to see it as well through your image. It is interesting. I am hoping to get back to the mallee to see it happening up there, not sunflowers, but other crops. I have a friend who does a lot of spinning and weaving of wool. It looks like an interesting process.

  2. I love how the lacy portion around the yoke is repeated on the sleeves. Very pretty. Is it itchy?

  3. Such talent and ability on that farm of yours. The sweater is glorious and the portrait study does it justice. Another winner! Quite a pair o dox you both are.

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