Susie’s Ruana, Made With Bedlam Farm Wool

Getchen wearing the Ruana, Susie made for her.

Susie, has been buying Bedlam Farm Wool for a long time.  And she has a good collection of it all the way back to my first sheep Tess, who died some years ago.

This Christmas she used some of it to make a Ruana, “a cross between a shawl and a poncho”  for her daughter, Gretchen.

I love the way Susie, used the different shades of natural  browns, grays and white, and how they look together.

“I know you are mainly curious about how the yarn works up.” She wrote me,  “I love it!

I do like to hear what people who buy my yarn feel about working with it.  And I also love to see the pictures of what they made with it.  And just as nice is the smiles on the faces of the people who get to wear it.

9 thoughts on “Susie’s Ruana, Made With Bedlam Farm Wool

  1. This is beautiful and I like the fit–not large and bulky. It looks so warm also. Do you think that Susie would share the pattern that she used? Thanks.

    1. I’m the same Anne. It always feels like an affirmation when I see something I’m thinking about manifest in the real world because of someone else.

  2. Maria,

    I’m happy to share the pattern information. I purchased it through If one goes that route, search in Patterns for Knit Ruana, Oat Couture GU420. It was designed by Annie Dempsey. Or to purchase it from her, her username is oatcouture and her website is

    It was fun to knit because I set an original path to the end product. Gretchen wanted something more than a shawl, for wrapping around herself in her Chicago apartment during the winter months. I was thrilled because I had plenty of Bedlam Farm Wool and at last a perfect project on which to use it. I found a suitable pattern, visualized what I wanted to do with it, and set about completing it in time for Christmas. From that beginning, the rest was a total surprise. As I started knitting, I decided I wanted to try the various wools that I have been purchasing from Maria for several years. I visualized a random stripe pattern, loving the various ways the different wools worked up and the wonderful textures that appeared. Some softer to the touch than others; some whose stitches stood up like soldiers; some snuggled up comfortably, one to another. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the stripes were not horizontal, but instead marched vertically, from front to back. That sure did fool me, and I was delighted to have been caught so off guard! Never in my reading of the pattern did I realize that was going to happen. It was fun from beginning to end!

    1. Thanks for the pattern Susie. I find making something and being surprised by what it will look like is much more fun than actually knowing. Your descriptions of the wool and how it “worked” is just great. I’m not a knitter, but I do understand how different materials can behave so differently from each other. And I prefer materials that have a character of their own. I think this would have frustrated some people, but you have a very creative approach to it.

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