As a stay at home parent, I spend a lot of my day reading kids books. And, since my kid’s one and a half, and getting into the “Again! Again!” phase, I’ve been reading the same books over and over again. Sometimes it’s an absolute chore (I’m looking at you, Follow that Truck!), but sometimes it’s great. Especially when the book has a nice story, fun rhymes and detailed pictures. Enter: Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw.It’s a delightful book about sheep who are remarkably bad at driving. In 26 pages, they manage to 1. stall out their Jeep on the top of a hill, 2. get their Jeep stuck in a mud puddle, and 3. crash their Jeep against a tree. It’s all very dramatic.
Anyway, on read-through 1,325, I noticed that one of the sheep has a knitting bag with her, and it goes flying when the car crashes. She’s got 5 colors of yarn, and a half-finished… something. Maybe it’s the beginning of a sweater or a scarf, or maybe it’s just a swatch. Either way, it was super cute colorwork. I noticed reddish ribbing on the bottom, then a row of… maybe blue and white circles, before a row of white triangles and red circles… and maybe some green on top with black dots? It wasn’t too clear, but I had a little time in my knitting schedule and some of the kid’s crayons to try to chart it out, so away I went.But halfway, through, I realized the red, white and green shapes weren’t just shapes… they were turnips! (Or maybe radishes? It’s hard to tell the difference.)
I went back through the book to see if I could find another picture of the knitting. And, wouldn’t you believe it- right on the back, clear as day, there was another view. And now that I know they’re radishes, I can’t not see them. Obviously- a row of radishes and a row of green dots. How didn’t I see it before?Now that I was this far, I had to keep going- And another swatch later, I’ve got a very cute little radish design. I’d change the colors so the contrast is there, but it’s a good start.Now I’ve just got to decide what to use this for. Right now, I’m thinking a little pullover for the kiddo. Maybe with a light blue background “above ground” and a nice chocolate brown heather for the dirt. I think I might stagger the dots and the radishes, and the leaves still need a little work, but I like where it’s going.
This whole Sheep in a Jeep project is getting a little out of hand (but maybe that’s fitting, considering the source material…).
Where’s the weirdest place you’ve gotten knitting inspiration from?
This sounds as if it is wasted on kids, what fun 🐑🐑🐑
I love this! You are so creative!
I’m not the creative short…need a pattern and instructions…but I love that you are! However, I think Sheep in a Jeep may be on my to buy list. Just the kind of book my grandfather, who has alzheimer’s, would enjoy having me read to him. Thanks for the recommendation!
There are other delightful books with these sheep: one I can remember is Sheep In A Shop. Also look for Mouse Paint, Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn. My baby is now 22 and living on her own in another state after graduating college. I have kept all of her baby and toddler books.
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I love your inspiration! I am not skilled enough to create a design but would able to knit up the pattern. Sheep in a jeep how adorable! I love the radishes!