After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished!
I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :) But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited! It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it! I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine. However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG. It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!
To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed. These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!
This weekend wasn’t full to the brim, but it was nice. I like them like that more and more these days!
I’ve been in Thomasville all week for work and Wheat was in Atlanta Thursday night for a meeting, so Friday night we laid low and cooked a steak from Jones’ Meats at home. I wound up my yarn and cast on my Slope tank top by Shibui Knits (I know, I’m wild and crazy!). I have been saving a gift certificate from Christmas, a little Valentine’s Day treat $ from my parents, and some Thomasville Downtown Dollars for a while now, and I thought I would knit the James Sweater as my first garment for myself. But then I started thinking about how I want something to wear this summer, and I’ve been eyeing the Slope tank for a while now… so here I go. I’m learning short rows and some garment shaping with it, but otherwise it should be a fairly mindless and pretty quick knit. Shibui Twig is indeed a bit twig-like to knit with, but I can already tell it’s going to drape beautifully and the linen will get softer and softer over time. I cannot wait to wear it already!
Saturday I worked at Maiden South, and it was a quiet, beautiful day on the Square with lots of people in town for Swamp Gravy.
I managed to sneak in a couple repeats of the antler cable in this Tin Can Knits Antler Hat, which is starting to really look pretty! I love the variation in the yarn, and since it’s 100% undyed alpaca, it is insanely soft. Going to be so warm and squishy and cozy!
Saturday morning I also perused the latest Anthropologie catalog, and I fell in love with this dress… specifically the knit overlay. But with a $168 price tag, it ain’t gonna happen. But I can totally knit that to wear over my own maxi dresses, right? PS I’m also kind of obsessed with her hair.
And thus began a new obsession: to find a pattern to mimic that overlay to wear over maxi dresses all summer. Any suggestions?
Meanwhile, in Babyland, we passed the 30-week mark last week with baby K! I’m starting to get a bit uncomfortable, but most of that has to do with this baby’s head being stuck under my ribs most of the time – ha.
Despite that, I still feel really great and I’m fortunate to have been able to stay really active, which I know has helped. With an expected arrival the first week of May, we’ve got about 9 weeks remaining. Not that anyone around here is counting.
And last but not least, I had finished these little Moss the Sheep for a mobile back in November, but as a finishing touch in the nursery, Wheat helped me hang it up finally on Sunday after we did a bit of yard and house work. I LOVE it SO much. It turned out just as I had hoped and imagined, thanks to a bit of help from my sweet friend Cadence at Fuzzy Goat in the form of some leftovers of that gorgeous Shibui Knits Silk Cloud yarn she shared with me. She gave me enough that I could wrap an old grape vine basket form (leftover from a Georgia Basketweaving Convention a couple of years ago) in it as well as use it to hang the entire mobile and all the sheep. I ADORE it! And of course, my favorite part is the lone little black sheep, who ended up turning out a wee bit husky. A little reminder for baby that it’s okay to be different. :)
PS I promise a sneak peek at the entire nursery soon… Pinky promise! Until then, consider this another sneak peek. ;)
And to start your week off right… sharing a bit from my devotional this morning.
Happy Monday, friends! We have lots of my college girlfriends coming into town this weekend to throw us a baby shower, and I couldn’t be more excited for some girl time with them! I’m such a lucky, lucky gal, and baby K is going to be so lucky to have them in his or her life, as well.
Then on Sunday it’s Elah’s FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!! I absolutely cannot believe she is one year old. I love that little girl so much, and every time I get to see her she is more and more fun. Time flies, folks!
Tonight is Knit Night at the shop, so come knit with me from six to eight at One.Two.Three!
It’s going to be a busy, fun week full of creative endeavors, work, family, friends, and celebrations and I have a heart that is so full!