FO: Secret Baby Sweater

We’re home!  It was wonderful to get away, spend good time with family, and just relax into a daily rhythm revolving around fun.  Today is catch-up day around here: laundry, sorting through mail, errands, chores, and blogging, of course!

This project has been done for a while, but I wanted to keep it a secret until I could present it in person.  As soon as I saw these colors together, I knew the little cardigan was destined for my sister’s new baby and got knitting right away. Then it was all about waiting: waiting for my little niece to be born, then waiting to make the trip to Idaho to see her for the first time.  The wait is over, and it was all worth it.

Of course, I knit the sweater to fit baby M this fall and winter, so no photos of a cute sweater on the cute baby; we’ll all have to wait a few months for those!

This sweater was a fun knit, though a bit fiddly (isn’t that true of most tiny projects involving more than one color?). Early on I realized there would be about 10,000 ends to weave in, so I took care to weave some of them in batches so the finishing didn’t seem as daunting.

The yarn was heavenly to work with. It was smooth and bouncy, and the colors were delicious. I really love this yarn and am already looking for an excuse to buy more. The good news is that after knitting up the sweater kit, there was quite a bit of yarn leftover. I made the bunny nuggets and still have enough to make a wee hat, I’m sure.

When sifting through my stash in search of the right buttons, I was delighted to find these sweet little pressed flowers. They match perfectly! The only problem was I had just 2 buttons; after a heart-pounding trip to the craft store, I happily found another card of 2 buttons and was set.

All in all, an extremely cute project. And the sweater’s okay too. ; )

Yarn Along:: Off Kilter and In Between

Things are feeling a bit off kilter around here this week. This is due, in part, to the bumpy transition back into regular life after two weeks of travel and company. Work stresses, vegan diet grumpiness, and toddler nap struggles all play a part as well. Oh, and after a nice stretch of sunshine and spring weather, it’s dark and rainy here today. Boo.

I finished two books over the weekend, and am waiting on some exciting holds to turn up at the library. Until then, I pulled a little book from my often overlooked bedside to-be-read pile (you have one, I know you do!). Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg is the story of two close friends dealing with one’s impending death from cancer. Cheery, right? But it’s funny and touching and there have been some deep and gentle truths about friendship, relationships, and life. Such moments could be trite or overly sentimental in another author’s hands, but Berg deals with these emotions expertly with both candor and sensitivity.

And the knitting…well, that ‘s a secret for now. But that luscious purple yarn is a little something I picked up from Wool Candy at Stitches. It is among some of the nicest yarn I have ever knit with. Smooth, soft, springy, and saturated in color, it ticks all the boxes of what I love in a yarn.  I had been in a frenzy to knit everything in sight for most of the winter.  Something about the change in routine and weather has quelled that a bit, and I am happily and slowly knitting along without any thought to what’s next.  There are some nice new patterns floating around, but for now I’m not the least bit tempted.  We’ll see how long that lasts!