And it did not disappoint with the Summery, beachy looks, perfect for the weather around here.
However, there was one sweater that stood out for me....
When I saw the Cafe Au Lait cardigan by Kristin Singer, I knew I needed one in my wardrobe. So much so, that I've already cast on!
I'm knitting the pattern as written, but subbing Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in place of the suggested yarn. I expect to wear this cardigan a lot, so I wanted something that would stand up to that kind of wear.
Thus far the cables and lace are gorgeous and I can't stop knitting it. It looks tiny on the needles, but I trust that once blocked, it will be large enough for an adult human!
I've been a bit out of it, craft-wise. My crafting, I mean, kitchen table, complete with embroidery-in-progress.
I'm sure you've noticed around here - updates have been sparse, and it's not just because I'm not blogging. It's because I wasn't really crafting. Of course, I've been working on Red Letter Day Stitches consistently for almost a year now (eeek!), but other than that, nada.
Some Christmas presents, but nothing for me, and certainly not a sweater or major project.
Piles of yarn at work.
But early this year, I got some of the old itch back. And let me tell you, it feels really good to be excited about making something.
Allyson is running a knit-along for her Fire Opal Tee, and since I've been coveting it for years, I had to join in. I'm knitting it in Comfy, as opposed to the recommended wool, but otherwise following the pattern. Of course, changing up the fiber means that the fit changes.
For the most part this is good - I want a drape-y, warm-weather sweater. But after knitting a few inches, I was skeptical. It looked LARGE. I tried it on, and it was. large. So I pulled the whole thing out, and have started again, on the size 36. Whew. I guess you can't be out of the game for as long as I was and not expect a few bumps along the way, right?
I'm pretty lucky to work at a day job full of creative people. I work for a post-production house - which means we do production on films and TV shows after all the fun stuff happens. It's a good gig with a lot of fun people, and everyone is super supportive of artists.
So when my boss requested a stitched piece with the words "bitch, please..." for her birthday in March, I was happy to comply!
I like to sweeten up a salty phrase, so I added plenty of Lazy Daisies and some French Knots and called it done. It now sits on the edge of her desk, confronting those that might give her sass during the work day.
And a quick shot of the back of the work - I always love to see it, and I know you guys do, too!