hi there.

hello!
I keep starting a new post and then something happens and I have to stop writing and then it’s a month later and I still haven’t finished. I guess that’s how it goes when you have a super energetic 4.5 month old, right?


Four months old.

hi! I’m four months old.

Charlie looks a bit older than the last time I posted here, right? Somehow he’s turned into a little boy, and it’s so much fun. He’s super smiley, loves to laugh at his dad, and put EVERYTHING in his mouth (yay for teething). I’m back at work now, and he’s transitioned really well into our awesome daycare. It’s been a super busy time, but a really, really awesome time too. And it just keeps getting better! It’s so fun to watch him play and try new things and see the little wheels in his brain turning when he figures out that he can roll over, or grab a toy, or pull mama’s glasses off. ha.
Maternity leave was wonderful – lots of sleeping late with Charlie and going to new mom’s group and mama-baby yoga. I feel really really lucky that I had three months of vacation time saved up and was able to use it. Now it’s back to reality, and working, but that’s been okay too. There was definitely a transition from the newborn haze to the working world, but we’re doing pretty well.

365.3.117 jammie time

Jammie time!

I’ve even found some time for crafting! I joined my first ever quilting bee, and I’m SO excited about it. I’ve been sewing a lot, and this bee is going to give me a chance to try some new quilt techniques. It’s an awesomely talented group of women, and I can’t wait to sew some blocks up.
I sewed up some wet bags too, and a local baby/parenting store commissioned me to make some for them! Apparently they’ve been selling pretty well and I’m so glad. We don’t cloth diaper, but I use my wet bag for dirty disposables when we’re out and about, and I also have one for bringing my breastpump parts to and from work.

Wet bag, trial #2.

wet bag!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to – working, crafting, being a mama. What have you been up to?

Charlie.

Hi there! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, but I promise I have a really good excuse: his name is Charlie.


Charlie.

My mama is already using me as an excuse.

Charlie was born on February 9, two days before his due date, and he is a complete joy. My contractions started to be regular on Monday morning, they got really painful Monday evening around 9pm, we headed to the hospital about 3:30am on Tuesday, and Charlie was born at 10:40am on Tuesday. (and let me tell you I was SHOCKED when they told me what time it was, because it felt like I had been in labor for like 24 hours.)
I had a freaking amazing group of people with me who helped me through every contraction and pushing – ack – and helped me bring Charlie into the world healthy and alert. Jacob, Cathy, our two doulas, and an amazing midwife and nurse were totally there for me the whole time, and boy did I need them. :) It was such an intense and amazing experience.

365.3.29 family.
My family. Minus Bella, of course.

And now we’re home! We’re still in a bit of a newborn haze, and I’m slowly trying to emerge to get into a normal routine, but I’m also trying not to rush – it’s only been about two weeks. I have lots of beautiful handknits to show you – people have been so amazingly generous to us and Charlie and he’s got the best wardrobe of knits I’ve ever seen, and some beautiful quilts as well. He’s a lucky baby.

hi Charlie!
Hi Charlie!

We are extremely tired but so, so happy, and very much in love with our little guy. I still can’t believe he’s here and that we have a SON. We are parents!
I’ll hopefully be back online on a regular basis soon, but I wanted to post and let you know that Charlie is here, he’s a healthy and adorable schmoo, and that we’re all doing great. Even Bella has been adjusting really well – she’s a good dogger. :) so things are good!!
Yayayayay, Charlie is here!

Happy New Year.

It’s 2010! I can’t even believe it. 2009 was a great year for me in so many ways – and we are so looking forward to 2010, for obvious reasons:


33 weeks, 5 days.
o hai, I am super pregnant. 33 weeks, 5 days.

As I’m posting this, I’m 34 weeks and 1 day – which means that my due date is less than 6 weeks away. !!! It feels like this time has flown by, although as we get closer, it moves a little slower. ha. I’m also moving a little more slowly – my energy level is down a bit and it’s just a little harder for me to get around and get comfortable. But overall, I’m doing great! I still feel good, and the littlest schmoo is jumping around like a crazy boy. We can’t wait to meet him!
The start of the new year always makes me (and other knitters) want to look back at our knits for the past year. So here are mine:

2009 knits.
2009 finished knits. and one crochet project. ;)

Lots of hats in there, baby and adult sized, and a couple of sweaters and shawls, and of course tons of baby knits! I have a few more projects in mind for the littlest schmoo – I hopefully still have some time to knit, and I certainly plan to take advantage of it. I have yarn for this adorable vest
and also this little sweater from Phildar Tricotez Calin Fall-Winter 2009. (so many cute things in that magazine – I had to order the French version from Phildar, but my French is good enough to translate. I think.) I’ll probably make a few more hats, too, just because they are fun and fast and useful and also adorable.
I realize that I might not finish everything I want to knit before the baby arrives, and that’s okay. I also realize that my knitting time might be limited after he is born, and that’s okay too! I like to line things up just in case. hahahahaha.
So, things here are good. We’ve got all the necessary items to bring the littlest schmoo home, so now we’re focusing on the part where he’s born! We’ve taken a tour of our hospital, and we’re working with a great doula and an awesome midwifery practice, and I’m getting more and more excited about things every day. I’m also practicing lots of meditation and positive thinking – I’m a super anxious person by nature, and so it’s helped me a lot in this pregnancy to breathe, and focus on the good, positive things that can happen (instead of dwelling on what-ifs, which is my normal way of doing things.) It’s really helped to calm down my anxieties (or most of them, anyways.)
On a super sad note – those of you who follow me on Flickr or Twitter or Facebook already know that my father passed away unexpectedly on December 15th. My dad had a stroke 8 years ago and wasn’t in perfect health, but he’d been doing really, really well, so it was a pretty big shock to our whole family. There isn’t ever a good time for someone to pass away – it always feels so completely unfair – but it was especially hard for us since the baby is due so soon, and my dad was so looking forward to meeting him. But I’m so grateful that he got to see me super pregnant and share this pregnancy with me and Jacob for the time that he did.

The twins with Dad.
Me, Dad and Cat in 2006.

We set up a memorial page for my dad at the American Stroke Association website. Our family has been spending lots of time together and dealing with things as best we can; but really, it just sucks, and we miss him lots. Thank you so much for all the kind emails and cards and messages – the support has helped so much, and just shows me, once again, what an incredible online community we have. Y’all are awesome. :)
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year’s. We have so much to look forward to in this coming year, and I hope the new year brings hope and happiness and joy to all of you, too!

o hai.

o hi there! remember me? I’m still here! It’s been a pretty busy two and a half months, as you can probably imagine. I’ve been feeling great – yay second trimester! – and if you can believe it, this week marks the start of my third trimester. holy crap.


27 weeks, 4 days.
my belly at 27 weeks, 4 days.

yep, I’m definitely pregnant. hee.
I’ve been sewing and knitting a lot. The sewing has been in preparation for a craft fair that I’ll hopefully be at in early December, and the knitting has been mostly baby oriented (surprise!) — some for our baby, some for baby swaps, some for the awesome tiny teamie Hayes.

My creation
1. Tiny Schmoo Sophisticate for our little guy., 2. Doodie. , 3. Garter Stitch Kimono Baby Sweater for my doula’s son Judah., 4. Buzzbee for Hayes!, 5. Elfin for our little guy., 6. Tubey for a baby hat swap.

Baby stuff is so fun and fast to knit! I’m sure I’ll be making a few more sweaters for the littlest schmoo before I’m done.
You can see some of the stuff that me and my friend JoAnna have been sewing here in this Flickr set. If all goes as planned, we’ll have a little booth at the 2009 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market in December under the name “teamie & schmoo“, and we’re really excited! We’ve been making lots of cute baby stuff and some box bags and bags as well. I’ve also had a few people commission me to make some diaper bags / messenger bags for them, and it’s been super fun to work on those. Like I said before, I’m trying to take advantage of my energy while I’ve got it. :)
I also received some amazing handknits from my awesome friend Sarah. I got this package in the mail last week on a particularly crappy morning, and man, did it cheer me up!

amazing.
amazing knits! and so wee! and adorable!

I don’t think it’s possible to be grouchy when you are holding teeny tiny handknit baby socks. The littlest schmoo is going to be so well-dressed! thanks again, Sarah, for this beautiful teeny tiny wardrobe. OMG baby knits are CUTE. and Sarah is made of awesome.
In addition to the crafting, we’ve been working on getting our house ready for our newest family member. There’s been painting and carpet ripping and furniture assembling (mostly by Jacob) and we’ve still got more to do, but we’ve definitely made some progress. I feel so lucky – we’ve had so many people give us baby things that they are no longer using, and our kitchen is totally full of baby awesomeness right now – toys, clothes, chairs, etc – and maternity stuff too! We have really generous people in our lives, and we are lucky, lucky schmoos. Hopefully we can return the favor someday!
Anyways, that’s the story around here. Lots of things going on, but I’m trying to relax and rest some too – although I *do* like being busy. :) It’s been really nice to get things done at home and spend time with Jacob and Bella.

365.2.282 me and Bella, again.

It’s almost the holidays! I hope this post finds you staying warm and feeling great and not too stressed about holiday crafting. :)

sewing bug

I’ve been sewing. a lot. I’ve been knitting too – I’m *this* close to finishing my Smock – but I’ve just been feeling the urge to sew lately! (It’s a nice change from my first trimester, when I didn’t feel like doing anything, especially sewing.)
First up: a yoga mat bag! I’m going to prenatal yoga twice a week, and I almost bought a little bag for my mat at REI, and then I realized that I could make one with some stash fabric.


Yoga mat bag.
Amy Butler fabric + yoga mat bag = hooray.
I used this tutorial from Bored & Crafty, and borrowed the measurements from Jess’s blog post. I just used some ribbon for the drawstring, although I might end up trimming it or using something else later. I lined it with some heavy linen that I had laying around, and it fits perfectly. This was a super quick and easy project!
Next: placemats! We’ve been eating dinner with friends at our house a lot lately, and we have a nice new-old dining room table from Jacob’s parents, but no placemats. I have no idea why – they’re probably packed up in our crawlspace upstairs somewhere. BUT! why not just make some?

I made some placemats.
New placemats make the table look better.

For these I used an Orla Kiely tablecloth half that I’d been saving for the perfect project, some solids from my scrap bin, and some super heavy interfacing. I’m really happy with the way they turned out – even Jacob approved. I used this tutorial to make them. She actually does binding around the edges, and I’d planned on doing a binding with the Orla Kiely fabric but I didn’t have enough left over. So, I just decided to sew the right sides together, leave a hole, turn them inside out, and then top stitch. easy peasy!
and finally: my first baby-related project! a diaper bag!

365.2.246 I made a diaper bag.
I’m so proud – can you tell?

I love love this bag. It’s completely lined in vinyl, has pockets galore, including a back zipper pocket, and is super sturdy.

Diaper bag front flap (with magnetic snaps)

I used this fantastic tutorial over at A Mingled Yarn, and seriously, I can’t say enough about how great it is. I’m not a new sewist, but I’m not advanced AT ALL – I’ve learned everything from books and the Internets, and friends who are nice enough to help me. The tutorial for this bag is so clear, with great instructions and pictures, and gave me confidence that I could actually make the bag, even when I was scared of all the fabric and vinyl that I was cutting out. hee.

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like this moment, when I was like, WHAT AM I DOING.

It’s a great tutorial! and it would make a great bag for anything, not just diapers. I mean, who wouldn’t want all these pockets in their bag?

Diaper bag, inside pockets
pockets!

I was so happy and excited when I finished – I kept parading around the house with my bag, and Jacob was nice enough to keep exclaiming over it. Har.
So yay for sewing! I think I’ve probably got some more patterns to try out soon…do you have any favorite sewing tutorials?

moving right along.

hi there! It’s been about a month since I last posted, and it has flown by. I’m feeling a lot better energy wise, although I’m still not sleeping very well. I guess it’s good practice for actually having a baby in the house, right? or that’s what I keep telling myself…
Otherwise, I feel great! I’ve been doing prenatal yoga twice a week, and it’s been such a good experience. I’ve never taken any yoga classes before, and this has been an awesome introduction. I’m actually thinking about picking up another class because I just love the way it makes me feel – I’m feeling strong, and more relaxed about things, which is a big deal because o hai I am so anxious normally.
I’m 16 weeks now – we’ll be getting our 20 week ultrasound in about a month, and then we find out if it’s a boy or a girl! We definitely want to know, and man, I am excited about the ultrasound. We’ve had two this whole time – one at 5 weeks and one at 7 weeks – and we still haven’t had one where the baby looked like, well, a BABY. so we’re both really looking forward to seeing the tiny schmoo.


365.2.233 comfy shirt.
yep, I’ve got a belly now.

What else is new? I’ve been knitting a bunch on my Smock , and I’m getting there! I need to take a picture – I’ve almost finished the back and it looks like it will fit me, even as my belly gets bigger.
I’ve also been sewing here and there – I’ve started a few quilting projects. One is a string quilt, using the fabulous tutorial by film in the fridge and two jelly rolls of the Hello Betty fabric line from Moda:

Bit by bit.
string quilts are so. fun.

The squares are about 4.5 inches, which means I’ll need approximately eleventy million to make an actual quilt, but I’m having a blast with them.
I’ve also started some log cabin squares:

Wonky log cabin squares.
Wonky log cabins!

These are also so fun. It was hard for me to pick fabrics at first, but I’m trying to just relax and see what looks good and not stress too hard about it. Both of these projects have potential as baby quilts, or wall hangings – who knows? I’m really enjoying making the squares right now.
ooh! I want to tell you about our new rug too. So I got an email way earlier this year from someone at csnrugs.com, saying they were interested in sending me a free rug of my choice if I would do a review on my blog. I was kinda thinking about, but then I mentioned it in passing to Jacob, who was all, UM YES DO THAT PLEASE, we need a freaking rug for the front hall. So! we agreed, and we picked out this rug.
It came almost right away, and it’s actually pretty awesome. It’s not the softest rug (it’s made from cactus fibers), but since it’s in the front hall, I think it’s okay.

rug1
new rug.

It got dirty after about one week due to a sick doggy (poor Bella), and we were able to clean it super easily with water – you can’t even tell anything was wrong with it. Our hall is a pretty high traffic area, and it’s holding up very nicely after a month. And as a bonus, Bella absolutely freaking LOVES this rug. She lays on it constantly – it’s kind of like her home base in the den.

bellarug
o hai, this is MY rug

So, we’re super happy with this rug. Thanks to csnrugs for sending it our way!
I’m off to knitknitknit and maybe sew some more. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

news.

hi there! it’s funny that my last post was about summertime and now it’s almost time for school to start… Athens is starting to feel like a college town again. Next week will be crazy with people moving into their dorms and no parking downtown and actual traffic in the mornings. le sigh. I can’t complain *too* much since I work at the university..but summer is so peaceful here.
Anyways. I have news! I already spilled it on twitter and Flickr, so sorry if this is repetitious for some of you…


365.2.204 our little family
here’s our family.



and here’s the newest addition in progress.

Yep, I’m pregnant! I’m about 12.5 weeks. I have the beginnings of a belly – it feels huge to me already but I know it’s not quite huge. Yet. We are really, really excited and a little bit freaking out and just very happy. I’ve been pretty nauseous and exhausted over the past few months, and it hasn’t quite stopped yet, but I’m hoping my second trimester will bring some relief.
I’ve got lots of books to read and clothes to make and things NOT TO GOOGLE, and lots of resting to do. I seriously can’t believe how tired I’ve been! Even in St. Croix, where all we did was relax, I was exhausted. But overall, I’m feeling pretty good. I just started prenatal yoga this week and I’m already sleeping better and feeling stronger. It’s my first experience with yoga, and although I’m not very bendy right now, I’m learning.
So that’s the big thing in my life right now! In knitting news, I finished Ishbel:

365.2.208 Ishbel!
Finally done!

and started a top for me – Smock in The Simply Sublime Organic Cotton DK book.

New project: Smock.
in pretty Debbie Bliss Prima.

I also started another Ishbel – it’s a seriously addictive pattern. Quick and easy with such gorgeous results! My plan is to make a bunch of them and then all my Christmas presents will be done. hee. I also have a ton of beautiful fabric for making clothes and I’m hoping to get an energy boost soon so I can make some dresses.
So, I’ve still been crafting, although it’s mostly crafting that I can do from the couch. :) Luckily, knitting is just perfect for that. I’ll be posting again soon to tell you about the rug we got – we love it, and Bella REALLY loves it.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic end of their summer!

Summertime.

This summer is flying. by. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of July! I feel like I’ve spent more time traveling than I have at home – for work and for fun – so I’m looking forward to staying put in August.
Not that I’m complaining – after all, our last trip was to St. Croix! We went for a week to visit the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute (VISFI), see old friends, and relax. Jacob was actually there through a grant from his work, but I got to tag along as well. YAY.


So relaxed!
so relaxing.

The folks at VISFI are doing awesome stuff – their mission is to educate about sustainability and they are totally working with the community in St. Croix. And Nate, who is the program director there, is an old, old friend – we grew up in the same neighborhood! It was really fun to see him again and see this totally awesome place where he works and lives. We stayed at the farm for three days and ate delicious food and met great folks and relaxed. and I slept. A LOT. I mean, there was a hammock on a porch, people.
We also spent lots of time on the beach. We got to go snorkeling a bunch – and visited Buck Island, which is an amazing national park with a HUGE coral reef. It was so beautiful!

The pier in Frederiksted
The pier in Frederiksted.


365.2.186 snorkeling!
o hai I am snorkeling!


The beach at Buck Island.
Amazing Buck Island.

It was a fabulous trip, and I’d love to go back to the farm again! (except for the outhouse. I do not want to go back to the outhouse.) More pics on my Flickr – there are three sets labeled St. Croix.
So what else is new? I’ve been sewing and knitting, although my sewing frenzy has slowed down a bit. I have a bunch of patterns I want to try and some great fabric to use, but I just haven’t had the energy lately. I did manage to put this one together:

Trapeze Sundress
Trapeze Sundress from Weekend Sewing.

And, I’ve been working on pretty, pretty Ishbel. I totally heart this pattern.

365.2.194 almost finished
Ishbel, almost done!

AND, we’re getting a free rug! CSNrugs.com is sending us a rug – we picked it out – so we can test it and review it. oh yes. We’ve been looking for an area rug for right by our front door, and CSN Rugs has a bunch of great area rugs to choose from. We got one that’s all natural fibers, and I’m excited to see how it looks in our house. Bella is also excited to lay on it. I’ll be posting a review once we get it in the house and try it out.
So, that’s all I’ve got! We’re going out of town one more time this weekend – to go to the wedding of the fabulous Kelly and Matt! It’s going to be super fun times.

hi.

things are so, so busy. in the past month, I’ve been to Chicago (for fun) and New York (for work, and fun). I’ve also been teaching knitting classes at the yarn store, and sewing like a woman obsessed. (because I am.)
After I had some small successes with the Spring Ruffle Top, I decided to branch out and try some other clothes. I started with a skirt.
This is from the book Sew What! Skirts. It’s a book without actual patterns in it – you take your measurements and draft your own pattern using the formulas they provide. It works pretty well, because you don’t have to worry about picking the right size pattern – you just have to take your measurements right!


365.2.137 new skirt!
A-line skirt.

I totally recommend this book – I see myself making many more skirts using it.
So, after the skirt success, I got excited and decided to try for a dress. My first try was a dismal failure … documented here … but I decided to chalk it up to the pattern and fabric and try again.
The second time resulted in a wearable dress.

365.2.143 dress. with hoops.
Simplicity 2925.

I learned a lot on this one – I put in a dress zipper, worked with curves, discovered that my upper and lower body are NOT the size in Simplicity dress patterns, and just got more comfortable trying a commercial pattern. I’ve already worn it to work!
And then I sewed a few more dresses:



1. 365.2.155 simple sundress for me., 2. Simple sundress., 3. Simplicity 2587, 4. Simplicity 3778 – without sash

The top two dresses were made from a free online pattern, Heather Ross’s Simple Sundress. If you are on Flickr, you’ve probably seen this dress and heard lots of discussion about the pattern. For me, it was one of the easiest things I’ve made thus far, but I did have to wing on a few things, mainly the seam allowance (there isn’t one in the pattern) and hemming the dress (there isn’t a specific way mentioned in the pattern.) The shirring at the top is created by hand-winding your bobbin with elastic thread and using that along with regular thread. Despite those things that could possibly cause you trouble, I still think it’s a good beginner pattern, because it’s basically just two pieces of fabric, shirring, and voila! dress!
Commercial patterns are still very hard for me – I hate cutting the pieces, and all the fiddly bits that go along with it. But, three of the dresses on this page were sewn from commercial patterns, and I’m slowly learning to not be afraid. Simplicity has been my friend – the easy Simplicity patterns are actually easy – or easier – and I’ve been able to make wearable garments so far. All of this is to say, be not afraid if you want to try to sew clothes! Obviously all of these dresses have issues (sketchy zippers, uneven hems, and oh lordy the raw edges on the insides!!), and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m feeling more confident with every piece I sew. and OMG I am having so much fun.
Lest you think I’ve TOTALLY abandoned knitting, I have a finished knit too!

365.2.165 Featherweight Cardigan
Featherweight Cardigan!

I finally finished this sweater, and I love it. (More details on Ravelry if you’re interested.) It’s perfect for wearing in the air conditioning in my office and I think it will be warm when it’s cold outside too. I’m seriously considering making another one – it’s just so wearable.
In other news – did you know that I started my knitting blog on June 5, 2003? here’s what my first blog post said:

june 05, 2003.
3:18 PM
so here is my first attempt at having a web log. or a blog. i’m really doing this so I can keep track of my knitting. Can you believe how many people have knitting websites? It’s a craze of monstrous proportions.
i am a brand spanking new knitter, and i still make lots of mistakes, but i really really love doing it, and i want to get better, so i can knit fancy cardigans and bee-yoo-tee-full sweaters,
and i have nothing better to do at work than surf the net for knitting pages, knitting patterns, knitting blogs.
my left hand actually is hurting from knitting, and probably from typing so much. (because I am a secretary, not because I am a crazy blogger. remember? this is my first one!)
email me with any good patterns that aren’t too hard. or anything else you wanna say.

HAHAHAHA. that makes me giggle. That also means I’ve been blogging for 6 years earlier this month. I had plans to do a sappy blogiversary post but then work got busy and I had to travel and I just didn’t have time. I just discovered my very first blog posts on my old geocities website a few weeks ago, and it was really fun to read through them and see where I was then. I’m so glad I have those posts to remember that time in my life, and I’m so glad I wrote that first post, because having this blog has literally changed my life – I’ve met some of my dearest friends through it, and tried many things and visited many places that I never would have otherwise.
So, thank you, bloggy readers, for making this such a fun thing to do for six years. We all have reasons for blogging – and I do it mostly for myself – but it sure is nice to have a fabulous community of people to share it with. Thank you so much!

finished projects.

I have many finished things to show you!
First of all, I finished my quilty wall hanging:


365.2.108 Quilty wall hanging.
now we just need to hang it.

I had a really fun time making this quilt. I decided to try free-motion quilting for the first time, and although I had some real issues at first (the major one being that I kept forgetting to put my presser foot down), I’m very happy with the final result.

Sneak peek
mmm, crinkly.

I practiced on a little quilted swatch first, and then just dove in on the quilt. It was time consuming and ate a lot of thread, but the result is cozy and crinkly and yummy – I will definitely be trying it again.
There has been other sewing too! I made my first top that I can wear, for real, in public:

365.2.117 I made a shirt!
The Spring Ruffle Top! Here’s the tutorial.

I am so happy with this shirt. I’m such a newbie when it comes to sewing clothes, and the tutorial by Rae of Made by Rae was easy to follow. I definitely did a few things wrong this first time around – I misunderstood how to attach the ruffles and the chest band – but I was able to make it work! But that meant, of course, I needed to make another one:

365.2.128 shirt for Cat!
this one’s for Cathy!

She picked out the fabric – isn’t it perfect? It’s so nice to make a pattern again and fix all the mistakes you made the first time around. I guess that’s why it’s good to make a muslin when you sew a pattern for the first time (that just means you make the pattern out of practice fabric before using the good stuff.) I should maybe do that. hee.
I also made my dear friend JoAnna a nursing cover!

JoAnna in her homemade hooter hider!
Yay JoAnna!

She really wanted a Hooter Hider, but when we looked at them in the store, we decided that we could make it ourselves. I used this tutorial and the awesome fabric that JoAnna picked out. It took less than an hour to make. YAY handmade!
o hai! this is a knitting blog! I am knitting too. I’ve finished one of my raffle prize socks and I’m about a third of the way through the second one. I’ve also started the Featherweight Cardigan in Jaggerspun Zephyr:

Featherweight Cardi progress.
Progress.

I love this pattern! I want to make a bunch of them with all the laceweight yarn I have in my stash. I didn’t swatch – bad knitter – and so next time around I might go down a needle size, but I’m hoping this one works out. I’m to the sleeves now!
I have more to show you and tell you, because I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool and bought pretty pretty things, but I need to go get ready for work. I’ll post some yarny pics soon!