Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Eagle Has Landed - Almost!

I'm making some progress on my DH's FLAK sweater. I originally stopped working on this sweater when I got to sleeve island, that desolate place. I still couldn't bring myself to start knitting the sleeves so I went ahead and knit the body. DH tried it on and it fits him nicely. Now I am motivated to finish.

I've been working on this eagle for a long time. It is believed to have been carved by John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) c. 1860-1870. Bellamy was a famous New England nautical wood carver. The eagle was perched atop an entryway on a Nantucket home for many years until it was in dire need of restoration. My involvement began by helping Nancy Chase repair the wings. She removed all the old gold leafing then I started reapplying it. What a pain staking task this has been! I've spent about 40 hours and there is lots still to do.

He really is an awesome bird. When complete the owners said he will be coming indoors.

6 comments:

Marie said...

My FLAK also sits. The sleeves are done except for the ribbing, have been joined to the sweater, knit a few rows and stopped. One of these days.

The Eagle is awesome.

vanessa said...

the eagle will be soaring high when you get him all gilded.

Sandra D. said...

Wow! On both counts.

Romi said...

Gorgeous sweater! And the eagle...well, words do not suffice. Breathtaking.

TutleyMutley said...

You are such a talented woman.

Knitman said...

my, my, you DO such wonderful things!