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.

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