Happy Fathers day to all those fathers, biological and otherwise. The older I get the more I marvel at those who continue to parent all through their lives and for others besides their children.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
I hadn't realized how much I needed some green in my life until everything started blooming at once. It's lush and green and amazing here right now, and it's like a balm to my soul I didn't even know I needed.
Following the recomendation of Katie, I downloaded the A Beautiful Mess photo app this week. I was not disappointed. For only $1 I've been able to add scribbles and doodles to my photos. It's been a fun way to fiddle around, pass the time, and amuse myself.
I even got ambitious and wound some yarn I've had lying around forever.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is the first Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern I've knit. But when I saw my friend Ann's pullover I knew I wanted one just like hers. I've been dreaming of just a basic stockinette sweater for awhile, something to fly off my fingers on and a cozy pullover to wear through the winter.
I bought a bag of Knit Picks Swish DK, when they discontinued the turmeric color (How could they? Wouldn't everyone want that beautiful yellow??) But it worked out in my favor because I got a whole bag of it super cheap.
For anyone not familiar with Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns many of them are based on percentages and your own personal gauge. I did do a gauge swatch, like a good little knitter, but I really under estimated my own personal preference for negative ease (how tight a garment is). I originally had two inches of negative ease (so it was two inches smaller around then my actually body is) but when I got about half way into the body, I tried it on and I was swimming in it. So when I cast on the second time I took out SIX (6!) inches of negative ease. I was really worried I was being crazy, but luckily I stuck with my gut feeling because it fits just perfectly, exactly how I wanted it to. I'm also a little more on the loose side as a knitter, so I tend to have a lot of stretch to my knitted fabric.
My cousin Kedar was in town last weekend and snapped some photos for me. When I handed it to her folded, I hadn't noticed it was inside out, so a few of my photos feature the purled side of the fabric. But once I got it on I didn't have that problem.
I love how simple and comfy this sweater is, I still plan on adding a small pocket to the front and although it was 75 here yesterday, knowing Minnesota I'll still get plenty of time to wear this.