I haven't knit a sweater for myself since I was 7 years old. This boggles some people's mind, because I knit a LOT. For years (fifteen or so), all I did was knit gifts for others–mainly baby gifts. There's been a lot of baby-having in my crowd in the last fifteen years. Then, two years ago, I sat next to and met my dear friend, Camille, at Squam. She makes gorgeous things for herself, and I was completely inspired.
Since then (yes, it was two years ago!), I had planned to make this Louisa Harding sweater dress called "desire," or something with a fabulous madtosh merino light yarn called "happiness," or this gorgeous Gudrun Johnston sweater called Laar ("light breeze") using this stunning hand-dyed paprika lace-weight yarn from Jill Draper. Unfortunately, there always seemed to be too much other "stuff" to do to even bother starting. Those bigger "me" projects kept getting pushed aside, as doing things for ourselves is wont to do.
|Photo from the Purl Bee|
I could do almost all of the knitting mid-conversation or mid-kiddo-watching without even thinking. I used a gorgeous Anzula worsted weight yarn called Grace for the body, along with Appalachian Baby Design organic cotton for the top. I adjusted the stitch count, as Laura made it in a sport weight, but using the worsted made the knitting fly by!
A photo journal of Nantucket will be coming soon, along with a fun Squam giveaway! Lots more crazies coming up though - we're off to Baltimore next week to look at schools, neighborhoods, houses, etc. Lots of real work squeezing in everywhere around the edges. Posting might get a bit sporadic in the next few months. I might come regret my vacation time indulgence with so much to do, but as soon as I put that cute top on, I really truly think I won't!