a quick dry

I can't wait for summer!  Warm weather, short sleeves, flip flops & the beach!  But first, there will be mud season.
There are a few things that I will be sad to let go as winter fades away.  I will miss how a fresh blanket of snow looks & how I can watch it falling peacefully from my window as I knit by the fire.  That brings me to one of the things that I may miss most.  Our wood stove.  It draws the whole family close to it, taking in that special heat that only a wood stove can give.
Not to mention, how darn quick it dries my knits!!!
I cast off my last sts on this vest & wove in the ends yesterday afternoon.  Soaked it for a bit, spun it dry & laid it out next to the fire just before I had to go pick up my daughter from school.
This morning its ready to wear!

The pattern is called Nordic Trail by Elizabeth Smith of The Brown Stitch.  This pattern is written extremely clearly.  An advanced beginner knitter looking for the next step: this would be the perfect place to start!

The back of the vest has this lovely lace panel insert, the Nordic Trail maybe?

I used Cascade 128 in Charcoal, a nice, bulky, 100% wool with a rustic look.


Skinny Cotton Pullover

My newest pattern is a sweet pullover knit in Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Cotton, perfect for spring!
It is knit from the bottom up starting with the body.  The sleeves are knit & then everything is put together at the yoke.  The only grafting is at the underarms.  The pattern can be found here on the blog, on Ravelry or on Craftsy.

The sweater pictured above was made in the color-way Basil, the color below is called Zinc.