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Found in the garden

Yes, it was impossible to resist.  Here is the completed sweater, finished just in time –the shower is tomorrow! The pattern is Sweater, from Infant Gift Set, more details here. Aren’t those wee cables just the cutest thing? They look like piped buttercream frosting, positively edible.

I did end up buying the full three balls of yarn specified to make the sweater — I thought there’d be enough left over from the hat to get by with two, but no.  So there’s some left over still.  Maybe a washcloth, for me!

I love it when the forget-me-nots are in bloom.  Some folks think of them as pesky weeds, but their perfect tiny flowers and magnificent sky blue color make up for the seeds that stick to my pants in the summer.

Home grown hat

This is definitely the year of baby garments!  This wee hat is for Anneke’s cousin-to-be, due in May. Lest there be some confusion about just who is having the Happy Event, it’s my cousin, Anneke’s aunt. So many cousins! The cotton/nylon yarn is Tara, the color is 015 — isn’t that evocative? Let’s call it Butter Yellow. The pattern is Hat from the Infant Gift Set, from The Gift Knitter: Knitting Chunky for Babies with Four Legs and Two. One skein (with a good bit left over), one day — what’s not to like?

The leftover yarn is taunting me.  Should I get a ball of another color and use the yellow for a brim for a larger hat, then switch colors?  Should I bite the bullet and get enough yellow to make the matching sweater? I’ve got 13 days til the baby shower  . . .

The amaryllis is quite amazing, isn’t it? This is the second year of bloom.  The matching one on the other side of the window only put up one flower spike, but that’s okay.  I think they’ve earned a summer on the deck, soaking up the sunshine, once we’re past the frost-free date.

The Gift Knitter is also the source for the pattern for Anneke’s sweater — that one is Chunky Jacket, modified to an 18 month size.


Here’s my little cousin Anneke, happily waving to the camera, while wearing the sweater I made her.  It’s superwash Merino, handspun, and dyed with double-strength  Jacquard Acid Dye in Violet.  It  looks very blue in this photo, but it is really a vivid purple.  I started working on it when I first visited her at about age 3 weeks, and managed to get the finished sweater to her a little late for her first birthday.  But, it did fit, and even had some room to grow in.  I spun the yarn for the pink after the sweater was done, thinking, Oh, I’ll just need a few yards — how much yarn could a row of single crochet possibly need?  Ha!   After going mostly around the outer edge of the body and seeing the yarn disappearing at an alarming rate, I was muttering about needing to make more, the dye would never match, mutter mutter, but I kept on  going to the sleeves. There was just enough, with 6 inches to spare.  Whew!