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Weekend Vibes

 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!

 Shibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearls

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.

Scenes from Maiden South | oysters and pearls

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!

Tin Can Knits Antler Hat in Cascade EcoDuo Alpaca Yarn | oysters and pearls

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?

Anthropologie Dress | oysters and pearls
Anthropologie Style | oysters and pearls

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.

30 Week Bumpdate | oysters and pearls
30 Weeks 1 Day Bumpdate | oysters and pearls

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. ;)

Moss the Sheep as a Baby Mobile | oysters and pearls

And to start your week off right… sharing a bit from my devotional this morning.

Savor Devotional by Shauna Niequist | oysters and pearls

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!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

What I’m Knitting Now: Tin Can Knits Flax Sweater

Well technically I’m not knitting the Tin Can Knits Flax anymore… because I’m finished!

I was going to give myself a year… A YEAR (!) to finish this Flax sweater in Sweet Georgia super wash worsted (color is English Ivy).  Yarn was purchased from – where else? – Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville.  I chose the 1 to 2 years size in the Flax because I figured 1) that would give me plenty of time to knit it and 2) it would give baby K plenty of growing room.

I cast on the first full day of our #bacation in the mountains a few weeks ago.  I figured it would be a great sweater to teach myself how to knit a sweater, since the Tin Can Knits Simple Collection comes along with lots of blog posts on how-to’s on all the steps of the sweater, and there are TONS of projects already out there to take a look at on Ravelry.  I was correct in that having all these resources made it MUCH easier to knit my first little sweater!

Cast on Tin Can Knits Flax Sweater for Baby Kirbo FRESH Wood Fired Pizza in Black Mountain, North Carolina | oysters and pearls

I casually knitted a bit each morning and each night, along with some solid car knitting, and once the shoulders were complete (it’s a top down in the round pattern), it was just steady stockinette stitching, and it went SO quickly!

Tin Can Knits Flax Sweater for Baby Kirbo - Progress | oysters and pearls

I learned a bit of garment construction with this little sweater, and the basics of a top down sweater, and it turned out so cute I can barely stand it!

Tin Can Knits Flax Sweater in Sweet Georgia English Ivy, and Maisie Daze Fleecery Alpaca Yarn from Cairo, Georgia - Vacation Knitting | oysters and pearls

I seriously keep picking it up going, “I TURNED YARN INTO THISSSSS!!!!!”  I feel like a knitting super hero.  If sweater knitting is always this satisfying, consider me a sweater knitting soon-to-be addict.  It may or may not help that it’s so little and adorable.  I cannot believe in a few short weeks (12, give or take!) there will be a real live bebe living in my house and able to wear this sweater.  Well, not immediately, but you get the gist.

Now I’m wrapping up some more little projects – a Rivoletto cowl with Maisie Daze Fleecery alpaca yarn from Cairo, Georgia (available at Fuzzy Goat!), some tiny pants for baby K (aka precious adorable knit diaper covers), and another little side project I just blocked, and then I’ve decided I’m going to start working on a sweater for myself!  It will be my summer project and hopefully I’ll finish it up in time for next Fall.  It took me ages to figure out which one I wanted to knit for myself, and I thought about knitting a Flax for my own self, but decided that would be boring.  Plus it looks a bit frumpy on the mom in the pictures on Ravelry.  Then I was leaning toward the Lila, thanks to this My First Sweater post over on Fringe Association, which is another top-down sweater with worsted weight yarn.  The perk of this one is that I’d get to learn short rows – I always try to learn at least one new thing with each new project – so that was cool.

my_first_sweater_marlee_grace_wip

However, I always stress about knitting something too warm and then not being able to every really wear it here… so although I still really, really love the Lila, and I hope to knit it for myself later on down the road, I decided to pass when I ran across this post from @thecraftsessions on Instagram.

James Sweater by @thecraftsessions on Instagram | oysters and pearls

Now I am SO excited to knit this James sweater up.  It’s sport weight, so it should drape beautifully and be a bit cooler for our warmer winters down here (or be perfect for layering when it’s colder than cool).  Doesn’t the picture just make you want to knit the James?  And go to the beach?

James by Amy Miller | oysters and pearls

So that’s what’s next up in my queue.  I can barely wait to pick out the yarn!  I have a feeling with bebe K well on the way, this one might actually take me a year.  What are you knitting?

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls