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We’ve missed everyone, something about that crazy business called life!

Nothing abnormal has happened to keep me from the blog, I just… haven’t done it.   I’d like to be back soon, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep.  For now, we’re thinking of everyone and wishing you a short winter and happy Spring!

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My new love…

Little Audrey, 10 days old.

Have I mentioned how much I love babies?

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Impossible to resist

It’s not every day there’s a new baby to knit for!

Baby Surprise Snowsuit (ravelry) by Elizabeth Zimmermann and, ahem, me.

I did some second-generation improving on this version (here on ravelry) – making it joinless, and a sharper decrease at the leg cuffs.  I edited the original BSJ Snow Suit post to include my options for “improvements”, and the reasoning behind them.

I don’t really know what else to say about this thing.  Everyone’s seen BSJs before!

I do have a question for everyone though… Do you like to knit your own designs?

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Audrey Susan

On Monday morning our good family friends welcomed brand new baby Audrey Susan.

Since the gender was a surprise I hadn’t done any baby knitting since the February Baptism Sweater and Bonnet.

As you can imagine, I started into baby knitting as soon as I heard the wonderful news. First off the needles was a little sister sweater to match Greta‘s that I knit in April.  I had mentally been planning to knit this with the scraps, provided the new arrival was a girl… and it was!

I scaled everything waaaayyy down and knitted it a bit differently.  I knit the original in the round as a bottom-up seamless raglan. The baby one I knitted back and forth as a top-down seamless raglan.  It ended up with short sleeves for ease of dressing a squirming baby, and because I ran out of the teal yarn.

Specs:  Baby sweater loosely based on Printzess by the Berroco Design Team.  Here on Ravelry.

Yarn is Berroco Comfort, knitted on US sz. 7 needles.

Timeline: Knitting on Tuesday, embroidering on Wednesday, darning in ends on Thursday.

I was reminded while darning in ends the reason why I intended to skip this sweater in the future…

Holy Darning Needles, Batman!  68 ends.  Yes, I counted – 68!!!  No respectable baby sweater should have that many ends. Fortunately I used enough of the scraps that I shouldn’t be tempted to knit this again.

Welcome Audrey! Thanks for giving me an excuse to knit sweet little things!

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I have just written this post twice, and deleted it twice because there is just too much to say, and I don’t know quite how to say it. It’s better fodder for an insightful conversation than a blog, but this will have to work.

The gist was this: After a ballet class I started thinking… Is it not contradictory that I should be full of pride in seeing my handknits used and loved, but find it excruciating to let others see me dance?

Everything is a work of the heart… so why are some parts easier to share?

What do you share? and if you’re feeling brave… What is difficult to share?

Take part in the conversation!

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Thank you all for you wonderful comments about the Swedish Cardi, and your answers… we knitters are a predictable bunch – more yarn, more projects, more happy!

I realized today (after casting on another scarf) that I never got around to taking pictures of the last scarf!

Alpaca lace scarf, knit for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Pattern is Tiennie‘s Old Shale Scarf, one repeat narrower.

Yarn is kinda special… The fleece came from an alpaca named Franchesca, I dyed, carded, and spun 30 gms into a 2 ply laceweight to knit this little scarf. Franchesca’s micron count for this fleece is 18.8, this stuff makes the Super Kid/Silk feel like sandpaper. Swoon…

And the deliciously soft, but comparatively sandpaper-y, SuperKid/Silk Springscape. It’s coming along nicely, as long as there is enough quiet to concentrate on the charts. If the kids are around (always) and distracting me (always, they’re kids!) I can be distinctly short-tempered with both my knitting and them.

So I cast on something else, of course!

The Swiss Cheese Scarf, unstretched.

Honestly, this will probably never get finished. And if it does get finished, would anyone actually use it?

But it makes me laugh, it makes other people laugh, it’s brainless, and completely charming. Winner!

What do you do when your WIPs don’t suit your lifestyle? Do you steer around unsuitable projects?

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Worth the Wait

After only 6 months on the needles the Swedish Cardi is finally finally done. Another sweater knit entirely from stash, WOO HOO!

Ok, it’s being held closed with a safety pin. I haven’t had a chance to so shopping for some nice clasps, soon.

I blogged about this thing so much at the beginning I feel like there’s nothing left to say except: It’s done, and I love it!

There are lots and lots more pictures on Flickr, and you can read more about it in earlier posts here, here, and here, or check it out on Ravelry.

I’ve already cast on a little “reward” project. Ironically, though it’s beautiful, this might be another 6 month project.  Seascape from the new Knitty, in a springscape yarn. This is yarn I won last summer in a blog contest over at Knititch, thank you so much Merete!

How do you celebrate FO happy endings?

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