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Monday, March 16, 2015

Getting Ready for Spring.

...with two new FO's!

First up, a hoodie for Charlie (raveled here). I wanted him to have a cotton cardigan for Tuesday afternoon walks. Juniper Moon Farms' new Neve is a great worsted weight cotton and it comes in the perfect little boy blue (which was really hard to photograph...until yesterday afternoon!) I chose the Baby Einstein pattern because it had a hood and a lot of other options, including sizes from three months to 10 years. I can see a lot of these in Charlie's future!

I bought the pattern and the yarn a few weeks back, but didn't get serious about the knitting. Spring (or at least a dry Spring day) seemed a long way off. But then on March 6, the 10-day forecast showed sunshine and highs in the 70's for this week. Yikes! I cast-on and started knitting. I had the body done Monday, finished the two sleeves Tuesday and the hood Thursday morning. Then I blocked it. and waited until Saturday morning for it to dry. A bit of ribbon and four buttons later, it was done.

Yesterday was a pretty Spring day, and it was warm enough to be outside. Yay for living close!

I'm delighted that Charlie even seems to like the hood.

In between the sweater knitting, I also got serious about finishing my Tier scarf (raveled here). I started it during our last "winter weather" event at the end of February but didn't get past that first section of elongated stitches until last weekend. It's a long haul of straight stockinette...and as always, it goes pretty fast if you actually knit on it. I finished the knitting Friday night and blocked it Saturday. The blocking was long and tedious (I wove the wires every other stitch up both long edges). But oh so worth it.

We're going to feature this pattern/projecct in our next newsletter, so there will be glamour shots soon. In the meantime, these will do.

Not sure what's up next. I have a very long queue (and yarn to knit all of it, I think), but those projects aren't speaking warm weather to me. I'm also still very much in an "epic stockinette" mode. Stay tuned!

What's exciting you about Spring and Summer knitting this year?

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Blogger Kym said...

What a perfect little baby cardigan! (And he looks so adorable in it, too. . .) That scarf is wonderful -- just the perfect throw-on accessory. Nicely done!

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Adorable sweater for Charlie!! I'll soon be working on a playful, colorful cardigan for Junah... Mama says that he needs a sweater! I'm just waiting for the yarn to arrive. In the meantime, some small projects to finish, and Romi's Mystery Shawl coming up!

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger Nancy said...

Looks like Charlie loves his cardigan (I do, too) and love that scarf. Need to make a trip to a YS that carries Shibui!

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger Carole said...

I love that you multitasked and got photos of both projects together! Charlie's sweater is adorable and so is he!

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger Bonny said...

You really have knit the perfect little boy sweater! That blue is lovely and Charlie looks wonderful (and adorable as usual) in it. Your Tier is pretty darn nice also and your patience in blocking shows.

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger margene said...

Not only a smile, but that look of love in his eyes. He clearly loves you! He must love his sweater, too as it makes him look so handsome!
Love the color of your simply marvelous scarf.

Monday, 16 March, 2015  
Blogger alexa said...

What a perfect little jacket on a lovely little boy - my Mum would have loved that pattern. I can see it going to be infinitely adaptable ...

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015  
Blogger Patty said...

Oh what wonderful projects! And living close - what a gift! Charlie clearly is one handsome boy in blue!

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015  
Blogger Sue said...

Love both of these projects, Mary! The sweater on Charlie is so adorable! I like the wooden buttons, now that they are on the sweater. And, I must knit a Tier - gorgeous! Bought yarn today for lace weight Color Affection, and should be binding off my Ludlow tonight!!

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015  
Blogger Lydia said...

The blue is definitely Charlie's color. I'm super excited about the new Shibui knits-we'll see how that goes!

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015  
Blogger Honoré said...

what an absolutely adorable, photogenic Charlie…and so happy and he looks quite at home in the blue -love that color - hoodie. You are a speed knitting machine. wow!

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015  

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