I don’t have pretty pictures of my sweater dress, because I’m a little lazier than I thought. It was great to wear it on Friday though, even though my leggings didn’t quite want to stay up properly. My only complaints about it, which is why I decided before I finished that I wouldn’t be publishing this version of the pattern, is that the sleeves are too short and skinny, and the raglan decreases/neck wasn’t quite right. But it was still nice and comfy and warm, and definitely something I’ll be making again soon.
I also do not have pictures from Sunday, when we went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival for my birthday, which was super awesome! I haven’t been to a Renaissance Festival in so long, but we spent plenty of time there checking out all the shops, watching glass blowing and jousting, drinking beer (Sam Adams, not period beer thankfully), and pointing out all the people in awesome/risque/not-period costumes. Unfortunately we were a little to old to have a free pony ride, and the elephant rides were too expensive to be worth it. But Kim got an awesome ceramic mug that I’m super jealous of, and Ashley gave me a pretty flowery ring for my birthday.
My haul from Looped on Saturday is enough to keep me busy for quite a while. I gave in and bought enough Berocco Vintage for a cardigan, in a wonderful mustard yellow. My current plan is to do some cute colorwork along the edges, so at the cuff, the bottom of the cardigan, and the shoulders. The thing is, that beautiful color pattern below isn’t able to be knit flat, the different strands would end up on the wrong side, and as Vintage is (thankfully) machine washable, I can’t just knit it in the round and do steeks instead. So alas, I will have to create a new color pattern that can be worked flat.
But in the meantime, what I should really be working on is my pattern re-vamp list. First on my list is probably Working Diamonds, which I will cast on for (ok, maybe I’ll do a swatch first) just as soon as I finish a few other things. Right now there are three projects traveling with me in my bag, Ty’s Jaywalker socks, the Peacock Feather socks, and Ty’s man-version of Gabriella (Gabe?), which I cast on for on Saturday and made almost an entire glove in one day. Just as soon as Ty’s stuff is done I can focus on patterns. Maybe tonight I’ll finally put up a test pattern for Katherine, although it is my birthday, so maybe not.
I also bought some nice gray and purple Rowan Creative Focus that I’ve been eyeing for a while at Looped to make (another) slouchy colorwork hat. And with all the freezing-ness at work I’ve been dreaming of a big cozy cowl to keep me warm. But unfortunately I don’t have infinite time, so we’ll see which of these ideas ever make it into yarn form. Hopefully all of them, but I’m not holding my breath.