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Spring Pattern Love

I wanted to share a few patterns I’ve been ogling on Ravelry lately:

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Sperry by Amy Miller

Sperry  by Amy Miller is a classic fitted raglan sweater with trendy stripes and a pretty shirttail hem.  I think the choice of a springy, robin’s-egg blue is perfect for this time of year (as are those great 3/4 length sleeves).

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig  is another robin’s-egg blue, 3/4 lenth sleeved sweater I’m in love with right now.  This one is lightweight and would be perfect to wear over a spring or summer dress in an overly air-conditioned office during the summer.

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Boxy by Joji Locatelli

Boxy by Joji Locatelli caught my eye with its oversized slouch factor paired with slim fitting dolman sleeves.  I’ve been seeing this shape in lots of tops lately and I love this relaxed and breezy look for spring and summer.

Relax by Ririko

Relax by Ririko

Relax by Ririko has a similar shape as Boxy and also has the dolman style sleeves that quickly narrow to a fitted 3/4 length.  This looks like it would be perfect for wearing with brightly colored ballet flats to go to a lazy saturday brunch.

Can you tell I’ve been itching to cast on for a springy sweater lately?  I have a few other things in the works that have to be finished before I’ll let myself start yet another new project, but these are definitely on my to-knit list.

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Insta-March

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March was a busy and music-filled month.  We kicked things off with the 35 Denton music festival, where Redwood Studios played host to tons of bands over the course of three days, and the next weekend we went to the SXSW music festival in Austin, where Joey played a showcase with Israel Nash. We were introduced to Laura and Israel’s brand new baby and spent a couple of great nights around a giant fire pit while the guys made some great new music.  I went to a fabulous ladies’ champagne and tea party, and knitted a new wooly hat while I was sick in bed with bronchitis for a couple of days.  We also saw the first signs of spring with budding trees, blue skies and an Easter celebration, where I tested out my crafty cooking skills by dyeing Easter eggs and baking bread.  Next up: I’m looking forward to April’s nice weather, Joey’s birthday and getting back into some knitting!

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Bunny Love: A Wool Story

I’ve shared stories before about the cottontail rabbits that live in the area near our house.  Joey and I are constantly seeing bunnies in our yard or in our neighbors’ yards, and we get such a kick out of all the bunny sightings.  Earlier this week Henry, our disinterested rabbit dog/lazy basset hound was sniffing around out back and he snuffled upon a bunny nest!

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About five or so teensy babies were cuddled together in a little burrow covered with dried leaves and grasses and bits of bunny fluff.  It has still been pretty cold in our area the past few nights and my heart was melting thinking about these tiny little buns in their nest, when I came up with an idea.  I remembered reading (and thoroughly enjoying) the Yarn Harlot’s stories about the wool-thieving squirrel that kept running off with bits of her freshly washed fleece any time she would leave it outside to dry in the sunshine.  I thought that if a squirrel appreciated the warmth and comfort wool could provide, that perhaps this mama bun might appreciate a little wool on these chilly nights as well.  After scouring my yarn cabinet for a colorful bit of wool roving, I quietly and carefully left it sitting near the nest.   All day yesterday while at work I was thinking about the baby bunnies and wondering if mama bun would appreciate the little wooly gift I left for her.  As soon as I got home, I  snuck a peek:

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The wool had been appreciatively snuggled down, insulating the entrance to the bunny burrow.  I lifted a leaf that was laying on top and got a glimpse of warm snuggly baby buns and my heart melted again.  Fellow wool-lovers, we’re on to something.

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