The Shepherd and The Shearer project is here

Today is like Christmas and my birthday all rolled in to one because today, we are unveiling The Shepherd & The Shearer designs! Remember way back in November when I first told you about this crazy idea we had? Actually, I blather on so long that it took two whole posts to explain the idea.

But you guys got it! You totally understood what we were trying to do and you got on board to make this kooky dream a reality.

You know who else totally understood what we were trying to do? Kate Davies and Kirsten Kapur. Two amazing, rock star designers who enthusiastically embraced this idea and jumped in with both feet.

And now, without further ado, I present The Shepherd & The Shearer!

The Shepherd and The Shearer

On the left is The Shepherd hoodie by Kate Davies and on the Right is The Shearer pullover by Kirsten Kapur. It was difficult deciding which sweater was named which, but in the end I think we got it perfect.



How can you not fall in love with The Shepherd and Kate Davies in it?






Who wouldn’t want to make and wear The Shearer every single day?






We are so happy that we can offer a limited number of kits in our new shop. The kits include yarn to make your sweater as well as a discount so you can get one of the two patterns for free – your choice (don’t forget to add it to your order)! You also have your choice for which kind of yarn you’d like – The Shepherd and The Shearer yarn that was milled specifically for this project and grown by small farmers along with Mid-Atlantic, or we have a very limited quantity of our 2013 colored flock yarn that would look amazing knitted up into one of these sweaters! Both were shorn by our Shepherd Emily Chamelin (who is back to shearing after her hand accident!). They were made to the same specifications just so that you could substitute them if you wanted.

We’re also offering the patterns as individual pdf downloads and we’re offering an ebook of the gorgeous booklet that our subscribers are receiving. It tells about the making of the yarn and the designing of the sweater and includes pictures of the process. You can find those items in our shop here.

We hope that even if you don’t purchase the patterns (or better yet the kit!) now, that you’ll favorite, queue, facebook, and pin these wonderful patterns. The designers deserve so much credit for creating beautiful patterns for our yarn and we’d love to see the patterns become wildly popular! We really appreciate your support in helping to send women to shearing school!

In case you’re still reading and not at the shop, here are some outtakes from the photoshoot – Jerry is such an attention hog (llama)!

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The Shepherd photos courtesy of Kate Davies Design.


  1. LOVE the outtakes!! Who are your models? I wish I could get kisses from Jerry… Instead, I will be getting more yarn!! Also, quick question, I am so bad at yarn substitution, do you think the colored yarn from last year would work for the shearer? I just love the idea of this whole project and hope that it was worth the effort!

    • Fran, I’m in The Shearer sweater and Gabby (who’s been helping tag yarn like crazy this week – she a friend of Amy’s little sister) is wearing The Shepherd. We took these photos on Saturday!

  2. Well done everyone!

  3. Well done all of you! I’m so looking forward to receiving the wool and getting started right away! I think you made a lot of people very happy!
    Cheers to all (including charming Jerry) from Vienna!

  4. Beautiful sweaters, perfect setting for the fiber. And Jerry? What a hoot!

  5. Wait, the photo of Kate Davies – did you get to meet her ??

    • Susan

      September 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Jen, I was supposed to when I was in Scotland but it didn’t work out. Serious bummer. Isn’t she amazing?!?

  6. Seriously in love with both sweaters. Someday! I will have the knitting skills needed to make these….

  7. warbler01 on Ravelry

    September 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love both of the sweaters. Will have to put these on my list of “must knit”.

  8. Jane from Maryland

    September 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Oh, just ordered the pattern for the shepherd, just what my 2013 CSA share will be used for. Was it ESP that I ordered a double share? No rush, though. Gotta finish some UFOs first!!

  9. Judy aka lamazeteacher

    September 24, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Gorgeous designs! Ditto for the models. I think the photo with Jerry in between the two women is really funny. Had I been on the selection committee, that one would have been put in just for the humor!

    Tremendous achievement, Susie, Lauria and all others involved.

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