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First Day of Spring

Ah, the first day of spring. It is time for warm breezes, birds singing and rain showers that encourage flowers to bloom.

Fist day of Spring

Spring where are you?!

Umm…. well maybe not quite yet, but at least I know that warmer days will be here soon.

I ordered buttons from an Etsy shop, for the In Threes Cardigan I have been working on. The name of the shop I ordered from was Handmade Buttons By Ayarina .

I started to worry that they weren’t going to get here before my niece’s birthday when I received an email that they had shipped on the 11 and would take up to 14 business days to arrive!  I totally forgot to see where they person I bought them from was located, and it turns out they were being shipped from Romania!

However when I saw a small padded envelope in the mail my fears were eased. I couldn’t believe it, the buttons had arrived quicker than I expected!

Ooh,what can be inside?!

I love the way it is packaged 🙂

Hungry Catipillar Buttons

Look what was inside!

 

The buttons are definitely reminiscent of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle. Which is one of my niece’s favorite books. 🙂 I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.

Now I just have to finish the sweater on time and everything will be perfect. 😉

In Threes

About 3 more inches to go!

 

In Threes

I am sorry for the unexpected hiatus that the blog has been on for the past few weeks. I lost my bag with my knitting, my camera and all my other important belongings 2 weeks ago. Luckily someone I know picked it up and held on to it for me until I saw them a few days ago.  😀 So now that my world is back in order I can once again start blogging again.

The knitting project that was missing in action was my InThrees Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. The pattern is downloadable on Ravelry for $6 US.  I am planning on making 3 of these sweaters so it totally was worth the price. The one is going to be for my nieces 2nd birthday, which is this Saturday coming up.

Ooh, so Springy!

Progress so far on my first In Threes Cardigan.

I am knitting it out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the peapod colorway. This is the first time I am using this yarn and I really like it so far. I think it is super soft and has great stitch definition. Plus the color is so bright and Spring like.

Right now I am hoping that I have enough yarn to finish. I bought 3 skeins of yarn in hopes of knitting a size 3t. I have knit 1.5 inches (4cm) below the armpit and have come to the end of the second skein. With 5.5 inches (14cm) still to go I am more than a little nervous.

Some Knitting and a lot of Waiting!

It seems like forever since my last post! The past week has been filled with some knitting and a lot of waiting!

First I’d like to talk about the Baby Sophisticate sweater I was knitting. This  is knit from top down, so that it is seamless. I think this is the first time I have ever knit a seamless sweater, and I have to say that I love it! It is amazing that when the knitting of the sweater is finished you actually have a sweater, not just pieces of a sweater!

Almost finished!

The knitting part of the sweater is done!

I did make some adjustments to the pattern. I picked up 4 stitches in the armpit of each sleeve to avoid the hole the would need to be sewn (can you tell I hate seaming knitted items).  Then to avoid the wrist opening from being to large I decided I would decrease the 4 extra stitches out just before the cuff.

I have found the grosgrain ribbon that I am going to use on the button band, but the search for the perfect buttons is still on. :-\ While on a button hunt this weekend I thought I came across the perfect buttons, only to be disappointed to find out they only had 2 of the buttons in stock and I needed 4! Also I am planning on adding a sheep applique to the front of the sweater.

I had placed an order from Knit Picks and have been waiting for what seems like forever for it to arrive. Today after sending 2 people to the post office to check the mail it finally arrived!

Oooh! Look at all the pretty colors!

My first yarn order from Knit Picks ever! 🙂

I am not sure if you can tell, but I am super excited! I have never ordered yarn from Knit Picks before and I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed fondling all the yarn this evening! The colors are amazing and the textures are great! Definitely worth the wait. 😀

 

Button Band Done!

Tuesday I blogged about how it was so cold here and how poor little old me didn’t own a hat. 😦 However I had a plan of action: I was going to knit myself a hat. The next day while I was rummaging around to find the yarn I would use I had this nagging guilt almost consume me. How could I cast on for another project while I still had WIPs that need my attention? My New Year’s goal to only have 3 WIPs on the needles was coming back to haunt me.

I had no other choice; I put down the yarn and picked up the oldest WIP in my basket.  I ma sure you all know which WIP I am referring to: the Ancient WIP! The sweater that I had tried to pick up the stitches for the button band over and over again in the beginning of the month, without success. This time I was determined to not let the sweater get the better of me; I would not let it win! Then without even thinking about it I went to work picking up stitches along the edge of the sweater. Heck , I didn’t even count the stitches. I figured that I would pick up what I thought looked like a reasonable amount and then just knit it up and see how it looked.

Button band

Doesn’t look to bad for just winging it. 🙂

Well fate must have been on my side that night because when I bound off I was amazed to see that it actually didn’t look half bad( I would like to add here that I will probably never approach a button band this way again, nor do I recommend anyone else try it).  Now I just have to find buttons and seam it up, but it is such a relief to have the knitting part of this sweater behind me. 😀

I have started my Sanpo hat but haven’t had much time to work on it. Today was my son’s Pinewood Derby race. We spent Friday night getting his car ready for the race. When we got to the race one of the leaders helped my son fix the wheels on his car, apparently I am not as good at building race cars as I am knitting. LOL After the quick alignment my sons car managed to do fairly well. Which he was very excited about.

pinewood derby

My little guy’s pinewood derby car. 🙂

Now that all the excitement is over I can go back to my knitting. 😉

 Sanpo

Here is what my hat looks like so far. 🙂

Making Progress!

I know it was only yesterday that I sat here blogging about how far behind I was with my knitting, but I have been very productive since then. I had the day off from work today so after dropping the kids off to catch the bus I sat down and visited with my mom while working on a few WIPs. In just a few hours I found that I had completed both WIPs I brought with me!

The first was a pullover sweater that I had started last January for my nephew. I remember falling in love with the pattern, Snow Time Parka  and I loved every  minute of knitting this sweater. I used Red Heart With Love yarn, which I think is super soft and durable (which is a must for an 8 year old boy). So, you may be wondering, what the heck happened that I put off finishing it for an entire year?! Well truth be told I loath seaming and weaving in ends, it gets me every time! I have to say I love the way it turned out now that it is finished.

My first FO of 2013!

After such a confidence booster of having my first FO (finished object) done for the year I wasted no time finishing the legwarmers my daughter has been waiting patiently for.  All that was left was the last inch or so on the second leg and the pesky ends to weave in. So before I knew it I was done!

My daughter couldn’t wait to try them on.

When I told my 6yo that I had finished her legwarmers, I got the world’s biggest smile and hug . Which was the best reward in the world!