Saturday, April 1, 2017

Second Grace

It's April!  So I'm posting a blog post.  Yay!

I actually finished this in March, but since I neglected to say so, here it is in an April post.  It's Second Grace, by Bristol Ivy, knitted in Fibre Company Cumbria.


I left off the color work on the sleeves, but otherwise it's as the pattern was written.  Even down to the colors used.  The colors are what got me the first time I saw the designer wearing hers at Rhinebeck!  (I saw pictures on Instagram.)

I have since started a new project -- Miss Rachel's Yoke by Kate Davies.  I'm using the called for yarn and colors (Buchaille).  Love it so much!  (I'm farther along than this picture shows, but no color work yet.)


Methinks this is the year of color work.  :D

Here are the sweaters I've knitted so far this year.  Love my drawer!


And here are my two babies.  (At least the ones who are at home right now.)



(My sweet father type is in the background too!)

Happy spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Happy birthday to my sweet boy child.  I love your sweet, gentle nature and good humored, easy way.  Still can't believe how old you are.....  Love you.





PS: Mia, I think he loves you best.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Once a month, I guess....

Here it's March and I thought I'd better post before the month escapes me.  I finished my Firebirds!


Firebirds is a kit from Virtual Yarns.  The design is by Jade Starmore, Alice Starmore's daughter.   I love the sweater, but boy, I definitely feel I could have done better if I'd had more experience with the various techniques used.

Father type and I went into NYC to Tender Buttons to find the buttons for my sweater.  What an amazing store!





I decided to reinforce my button bands with ribbon on the inside.  And here are the buttons I chose.



While in NYC, we managed to see our sweet girl child as well, and to grab some yummy food.




The last pic shows some mini cupcakes -- so yummy, and just the right size for a bite!

I have since started the Second Grace sweater by Bristol Ivy.  It uses Fiber Company Cumbria yarn.  (i'm actually farther along than this picture shows.)



Back at home.....



I hope everyone has a great week/month!  And let's hope this huge blizzard that's coming isn't as bad as they say.  Ugh.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February?!

So the month of January seems to have come and gone without a blog post.  I had promised myself that I would do at least one blog post a month.  I'm doing well so far!  Ahem.

Anyway, I suppose one reason I haven't posted this year is that I've just been beavering away on the same thing.  I don't think I've even shown it on this blog yet.  Well, here it is.  It's called Firebirds, and it's a design by Jade Starmore, the daughter of Alice Starmore.  It's a kit from Virtual Yarns.


Here is the swatch I knitted to check on my gauge -- just so you can get a better view of the motif.


I won a prize for the Fair Isle KAL from the lovely Fruity Knitting Podcast.  It was money towards yarn  from Virtual Yarns, and Virtual Yarns doubled the prize!  And so I was able to put that money toward buying this kit.  And I love it!  If you'd like to see a beautiful finished version of this sweater, you can see Andrea's version on her podcast.  She converted the pattern into a pullover for her husband, Andrew.

I also got to go to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January.  It was fun -- got to see lots of knitting celebrities and check out all the vendors.  My favorite celebrity sighting was this one.


I don't know about you, but to me, Kaffe Fassett is a god.  It was amazing to see him and Brandon Mably in the flesh.

I'll leave you with a picture of Mia.  Hope everyone has had a good start to the New Year.