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Crafting On :: Short Sleeves

Short-sleeved sweaters are the new thing around here.  And it's handy for when you just want to get done with things and start on some sewing projects.  The days are in the sixties (or seventies!) and the nights are not too cold.  I think the parkas can get a wash and be put away for real this time (I check 15-day forecasts).  I guess you could call it a spell of perfect weather--neither too hot nor too cold, windows open all day.

Greenwood Sweater

Here's Roan's Greenwood Sweater, as we'll call it.  I made some changes--no garter edging on the bottom, short sleeves.  3x1 rib is my new thing.  It looks so much neater than 2x2 ribbing, I think, and it doesn't curl up.  I am pleased with this sweater (it has pockets!), though the collar is a bit of a mystery to me.  I suppose it would help to check other ravelry projects to see what other knitters did.

Robin Hood

It became, unintentionally, the new Robin Hood tunic, when the sun is not too warm.  I will admit that we have been known to watch the animated version of the story, one of the veyr few cartoons my children have watched.  I enjoy the nostalgia of it, though I never saw it until my teens. ;-)  You can see that Roan has moved up to a long bow.  And my bow-making skills have improved quite a bit over the years.  I had to make three new ones yesterday (this one didn't survive the afternoon).  If you're crafting on bows, green maple is a great choice.  There's no sense in buying one for everyday play--it's wonderful to model resourcefulness.

In Caps Tee

And here's an In Caps Tee for Willow, I think.  This is a very fast project, I must say, and wonderful for fairly mindless knitting.  I've done a couple more inches since yesterday afternoon, just knitting around and around and around.  It's time for some more strips now.  I expected to run out of the discontinued purple, so I did some pink from Willow's owl hat.  I don't even think it was necessary--a miracle of loaves and fishes in yarn!  Willow likes the stripes, anyway.  This may well become my new instant sweater (since I've never had one before).  It would be very easy to add longer sleeves, right?

I have a few knitting projects in mind for the next while, or the Summer: mittens all around, a new hat for myself, a few small things.  I think they'll be good for keeping steam on knitting while attending to the more pressing tasks that warm weather brings.  Now my mind is turning to pajamas and short-sleeved dresses.  Laurel is set, but Willow needs more.  We all need pajamas for warmer nights, so I've bought patterns for Roan and me from eBay.  This might just be the Summer of Seersucker.

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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 29th, 2017 12:41 am (UTC)
I love both of those sweaters so much! I am on the last four rounds of a hat I've been working on much longer than I expected to (it has more stitches than I anticipated because of smaller gauge and detail work). I am excited to finish it up soon!
Mar. 30th, 2017 10:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was thinking of you as I did the stripes, recalling your sweaters. I would love to see a picture of your new hat.
Mar. 29th, 2017 08:35 am (UTC)
Lovely work Brandy - love the Robin hood style tunic - fun! And the stripy top is going to be lovely. I love things that are knitted all in one piece and then you are finished with barely any weaving in - hurrah! Well done with your bow making. I only have girls and there have been no requests, so it is interesting to see :-)
Best Wishes Anna (amothershares.wordpress.com)
Mar. 30th, 2017 10:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, I love seamless knitting and try to avoid seams whenever I can. The bows--sigh. They keep me busy!
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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

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