spring shots

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Today I had a long list of things to do during the kids’ nap: laundry, dishes, dinner, sweep, organize the garage, vacuum out the car. The usual. Instead, I grabbed my camera and headed outside to look for early signs of spring and feel the sun on my face. It was sunny and fifty degrees out. I didn’t even need to wear a sweater. No way was I going to let a day like that go to waste. I didn’t spend much time out outside. But it was just enough to feel refreshed, rejuvenated and dare I say a little lighter on my feet (which doesn’t happen very often when you’re almost six and a half months pregnant.)

I blocked my shawl. I was going to take these lovely blocking photos with the perfect lighting and show them off to all of you…except the shawl was too large for my mother’s blocking board, and I had to use two towels on the floor instead. The lighting was horrible in the room, I couldn’t seem to get my measurements right (I’ve never blocked on a towel before) and Eddie kept trying to stomp on it every time I turned around. I’ll make it up to you all by producing some good modeling photos once it’s dry.

Now that the shawl is finished, I am back to working on My Cup of Tea socks. While I am very pleased with the pattern I must confess my enthusiasm for knitting on size 1 needles is waning. And I’m not even done with the first sock. I will probably power through these socks and then make a personal rule never to knit on needles less than size 3 again. But the socks are so precious. I can’t wait to wear them.

After I’m done with my socks I might start tackling a few sweet baby knits. Does anyone have any suggestions for gender neutral baby patterns?

Happy Monday, everybody.

wednesday yarn along

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Joining Ginny.

I’m not sure if this counts as a Yarn Along worthy post, because technically these projects have been completed for months. (Years, if you count the poncho.) But I have been meaning to take photos of these items for a long time and having my sister in town over Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect opportunity. Hannah was very generous with her time and seemed to genuinely enjoy herself. She didn’t complain once about having to repeat the entire photo shoot, even though it was 31 degrees outside. What a trooper!

I listed each project name below but if you want to know the pattern or yarn used just pop over to my Ravelry page and take a look. I have to say, my favorite knit featured today is my Lodgepole hat. I loved knitting that hat; it was my first time doing color work and I had so much fun. It was also the first time I used Quince and Co. yarn, which has started a very unhealthy love affair between myself and Quince and Co. It’s quite one-sided.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Lodgepole hat by Sara Grespach

Gap-Tactic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Spring Garden Shorties by Cathy Cambell

Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas

Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers

frosty morning

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Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I’m still full. I’ve been eating non-stop since Thursday afternoon and I think I’ve gained twenty pounds, and no, it is not baby weight.

We’ve had an exceptionally cold week and while it hasn’t snowed, it’s been so frosty and cold every morning that snow doesn’t seem too far off.

My sister Hannah has been visiting us for the holiday weekend and I asked her to help me photograph a pile of knitted items that I’ve been dying to show you all for some time now. I hate modeling my own stuff and much prefer to be the photographer as opposed to the, uh…photographee (that’s a word, right? I’m going to say it is and move on.) Anyway, here is where the story takes a turn for the worse: I have mentioned the problems I’ve been having with my camera/card/computer in the past. But the last week or so everything has been working just fine. After taking  about 100 photos yesterday, I tried to import them onto my computer only to have every single file corrupted during the transfer process. I was so mad. But what could I do? Hannah is coming over again this afternoon and we’re going to retake all the photos. I replaced the card so I can’t imagine it happening again. Fingers crossed. 

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