Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Stash

Is it spring yet?

 The snowdrops are up and looking around.  I think the groundhog must have whispered encouraging words from his burrow. 

This week, I got tired of red.  So the Year of the Dragon cardi is not quite finished.  Hey!  No fair remembering that I hate sewing up the darn things.  I'm just tired of red...OK?

Now I'm seeing blue.  Cool, soothing blue.  I have had this pretty blue yarn for a couple of years.  I was helping another knitting friend with her stash reduction.  Actually, I have  two colors in the bag but one of them is, er, red.  There's a bit of a sparkle to this yarn, too.  Blue Skies is my version of this simple top-down cardi for a baby girl.

Then my eyes kept straying to the other half of frogged BWSweater.  I had mixed the hand-painted yarn with a denim blue hand-dyed yarn.  I had a lovely hour or two with a pile of knitting mags and found the perfect pattern for it.  There's only 800 yards so I think this Transverse Cardigan will do the trick.  Remember I said I wanted a  grown-up version of those sweet little one-piece baby sweaters?  This one is knit all in one piece with a similar style.  See?  Perfect.  And this is just the first sleeve.

The fabric reminds me of those favorite faded blue jeans.  This was one of the first yarns I ever dyed and for some reason I have a lot of undyed places in the yarn.  I kind of like the effect - sort of like spots where the fabric has frayed away in jeans
And I'm sure you're noticing a little dalliance that I am enjoying.  Yes, I'm having some fun with garter stitch.  Not because it's easy - although it totally is - but because I like how it feels.  So soft and cushiony.  Those baby sweaters got me playing and now I don't want to stop.

Yesterday, I took photos of some kids' artwork on display at our seniors' center.  I fell in love with this one.  Something about the big cat and the tiny bird just makes me smile.

I hope I have a lot of finished stuff for my next report.  Now I'm floating off on a sea of blue...or maybe I'm floating through the air on a sunny day?


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

The blues are gorgeous, Stephanie! I seem to be on a BLUE jag. I sure do like that Tranverse Cardigan pattern and look forward to seeing yours finished and what you think about the pattern. Swim (knit) on in your sea of blue! blessings ~ tanna

Mimi said...

Your blue skies project is summery and lovely.
Blue jeans with faded and worn patches...ooh I love them! reminds me that I have a pair that don't quite fit, and if I just be a good girl this week they would. But it's mid-term and I have loads of friends to catch up with, and that involves coffee and cake. Ah well! Jeans will have to wait!

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Shannon Lawrence said...

Oh, how wonderful! We have snow here today, so no plants peeking out just yet.

I like how that yarn looks with the bits of missing dye. It's a neat look, and one you won't get with store-bought/dyed yarn.

Love the child's artwork!

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Rachel Cotterill said...

That reminds me, I should go out and look for snowdrops - though they'd be struggling to get out through the snow, right now.

The blues are beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

Here on Lolland we have only had snow and -C the last 10 days. So the nature is full of "spring-will-soon-come" signs!

I too like the cat and bird :-D

Have a great sunday, and thanks for your nice comments ;-)

J.G. said...

Wow! Lots of talent here -- Mother Nature's flowers, your knitting, and the cat artwork. What a day-brightener!

Rudee said...

I like garter stitch, too, but it's hard because after awhile, you just want to stab yourself in the eye with a needle. It's the boredom.

Wear goggles.

Emille said...

Yay, here she is! And a beautiful one -thanks for sharing, Stephanie:)


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