|Stick a fork in it, it's done! Or maybe you would need |
a spoon, as it is not washed yet, so the yarn still
carries a faint aroma of mushroom soup.
Materials: For the body of the sweater I dyed 12 skeins of Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran with Porcini (Boletus edulis) mushrooms. The grey stripes are knit from Cascade 220 dyed with Jack O'Lantern (Omphalotus olivascens) mushrooms.
Those of you who have been following along for awhile already know about my husband's passion for mushroom hunting. He has been an avid mushroom hunter ever since his grandfather took him out looking for porcini and morels from the time he was 4 or 5 years old. And even though I credit my friend Tera with teaching me to knit as she is the one who got it to stick, it was actually my husband's grandmother who first put yarn and needles into my hands. So I think it is pretty cool that the two passions came together in this sweater.
This book helped me combine the two hobbies:
The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer's Field Guide is a wealth of information on collecting, preserving and dyeing with mushrooms.
At knitting night I shared with the group that my husband has been wondering if the sweater would be done in time for him to wear it on his next mushroom hunting trip. As I bound off the last few stitches my friend Karen joked that now he has mushroom camouflage so he will be better able to sneak up on his prey. Those morels better watch out!
I will get my husband to model his late Christmas gift when it is washed and blocked but I took this quick shot of it as I was done seaming so as not to miss out on FO Friday at Tami's Amis.