It’s a sheep-off! I’m beginning to think that sheep are taking up cinematography as a profession. After I posted on Monday about Visit Norway’s charming sheep-centric tourism campaign, several people wrote to tell me about what’s going on in the Faroe Islands. (In case I’m not the only one who can’t keep their mental geography straight, the Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands, population 49,000, an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, located in the sea sort of near Iceland and Norway and Scotland–way over there in the Stranded Colorwork Time Zone.)
In an effort to get the Faroe Islands mapped on Google Street View, a young woman named Durita, who works for the Faroese tourist bureau, has put 360-degree cameras on solar-panel harnesses, on sheep. The sheep then go about their normal business, and also film the Faroes in all their splendor. (Unfortunately, we are not told the names or hobbies of these sheep, as in the Norwegian campaign. But it’s a beautiful thing.)
One amusing thing is that commenters to Durita’s blog have pointed out that there are other ways to get on Google Street View besides an elaborate petition process involving sheep. These people evidently do not understand that putting cameras on sheep is the whole point here. Cameras on sheep! What don’t you get about that, people?
Here’s Durita, putting the first camera on the first sheep:
BUT WAIT JUST A MINUTE. I am totally burying the lede here. What’s up with Durita’s sweater?
Isn’t it lovely? Reader Tamara S. wrote me days ago, when I was still watching Norway’s camera-sheep, to ask about Durita’s sweater: “Any thoughts about whether a pattern exists, or someone who might be willing to create/adapt one, or who might make a better guess about the yarn, or type of construction? It looks so simple and elegant!”
So I put that out there. My opinion: it looks like bulky Icelandic (or Faroese) wool, such as Léttlopi or perhaps even Alafoss, knit to a loose gauge (as we did when banging out our Mary Jane Mucklestone Stopover sweaters back in February). It looks like raglan seams at the shoulders, not yoke construction as used in Icelandic sweaters. It’s stockinette stripes in widths from 3-7 rows or so, with a row of purl at the color changes. Somebody find it! Or knit it, or something. It’s awfully stylish on Durita. I think you could get a similar look using a generic top-down raglan pattern, or Stopover, for that matter (if the raglans aren’t the key thing for you), and just striping it in these colors.
Thank you, dear readers, for telling me about the Faroese sheep-cams, and also thank you Knittyblog, for blogging about them in the first place.
Happy weekend, all!
P.S. Let’s not forget about Google Sheep View, searching for sheep on Google Street View, a project by ding and mike.