Thursday, June 24, 2010

Birthday Knit

Hi Knitters,
We are in the midst of our summer birthday celebrations. Both of my girls have summer birthdays that are two weeks apart. This makes for a few weeks of birthday parties, family gatherings and other whatnot surrounding their special days. It is fun but hectic.

TC loves the chocolate fever cake from Costco. It is a massive and dense chocolate cake that makes you wonder what you were thinking after taking a few bites. She loves every last chocolate shaving and frosted quadruple layer inside. Crazy kid. Crazier mom for buying it for her two years in a row. How can you deny that request?
This is my birthday knit progress shot. The sweater is the Garter Yoke Cardigan. I am actually finished with the body now, all bound off. I hadn't put the garter border on yet in these photos. I love it. It is turning out a little bigger than I thought but that's just fine with me.
The Peace Fleece wool tweed is pretty rough so this will be a layering cardigan for sure. I am glad it isn't tight fitting so I can wear shirts under it in the fall and winter. I picked out these fantastic blue buttons from the Sow's Ear last weekend. They are to die for. I will stitch them on and take the next progress shot before I start the sleeves.

Loving the sweater knitting! I have so many lined up you wouldn't believe it. Some using new yarn and some using very old stash yarn. The best of both worlds. Hey, we are sharing our sweater knitting over on the Itty-Bitty Knits Ravelry group this summer and we are joining the Tour de Fleece knitting adventure in a casual way. If you are interested come and join us. There is always so much going on in this fun group of knitters.

I have one sweater that I am anxious to start. It was just released last week and is called, Goodale. I ordered the yarn from Webs and already received it. The Pashmina by madelinetosh is divine. I picked the Norway Spruce colorway. Can't wait to get started.

The other sweater I am anxious to start is the Heather Hoodie Vest. I have had this one earmarked for quite awhile. I have a bunch of old Polar by Rowan (which has been discontinued) in a gorgeous chocolate brown that will be perfect for this pattern.

Another topic that is sweater-relevant is buttons. Here are some adorable fabric buttons I have been enjoying.

One last thing, here is some fabulous summery and fun fabric to check out. I love the one with the bicycles. That would make the cutest skirt.

Enough for now. See you soon.
best, susie


superwoman_4002 said...

Happy birthday to all the summer babies in your life! lol... i am a summer baby as well :) I love your sweater, its cute :) I have yet to try to knit something like a sweater... my first big project is going to be an afghan... or lace... lol, not sure yet, but something flat ;)

The Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

I am currently knitting a sweater for myself. My goal was to have it done by my birthday. My birthday was last week and the sweater is not quite half finished. Maybe I will have it done by the end of summer. It is just so hard to knit larger projects when I have two tiny ones.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so inspiring to me. It makes me transform into an ADHD KNITTER!! Meaning I want to start about 5 projects at once and jump from one to the other. I'm looking forward to a trip to visit my daughter in Portland, OR to get my madelintosh at KnitPurl. It is more fun to touch and feel before buying!! Always look forward to your postings!! Also had a celebration..oldest daughter's BD on Father's Day!! Kathy W.

dana said...

i knit a sweater for a friend of mine from peace fleece. while it is a more rustic yarn, it did soften considerably after washing and blocking.
maureen loves her sweater, and wears it often. i'm sure you will love yours as well.

Anonymous said...

It's so funny that you linked to the Blue Manatee buttons because I had just placed an order for some. They could not be any cuter. I kept seeing their ad on Ravelry and had to check them out. The ones with the birds remind me of the bird pattern from Spool!
-Sarah R-

Ólöf said...

That´s funny. I just got that cake for my brother´s 40th birthday. It is massive!We had fresh strawberries and whipped cream with ours.

heather knitz said...

*hugs* for the button shout out, Susan! Love the blog and added it:)
Have a great summer!