Cozy in Osprey

It’s the first day of spring. The weather is completely dreary and it snowed while I walked to the grocery store, but we made it!

I might still need to wrap myself up in this sweater for awhile still, though.

cozy in Osprey

cozy in Osprey

I took these photos in a bit of a rush, they’re not great – I probably should’ve put on some lipstick, hm?

Yarn: Quince & Co Osprey in Pea Coat

Pattern: My own. Bottom-up oversized raglan with knit-in seed stitch borders, i-cord edges, a little waist shaping and a nice long collar. I didn’t do buttonholes, with the intention of putting in a zipper. We’ll see how long it takes me to get around to that! I’m not sure if I’ll write this one up – it’s quite basic, and I’m sure there are very similar sweater patterns out there already.

cozy in Osprey

I didn’t notice that line across the back yoke (dye lot difference, I guess, even though I bought all the yarn at the same time) until I was looking at the photos just now, but it won’t bother me.

cozy in Osprey

cozy in Osprey

I love seed stitch!

 

So Close, So Little Yarn

I’m almost done my Wool-Eater blanket!

wool-eater

I have 16 squares, and 12 of them are joined.

wool-eater

But true to its name, this blanket ate up all my border yarn (Handmaiden Casbah). I could’ve sworn I had more yarn, but I did look through most of the stash the other day and came up empty. There are still 2 squares that need borders, then to be joined into a row.

I do have a recipient in mind for this piece so I’d really like to actually get it done! I think I’ll have to take another really good look into the stash, then if I really can’t find any more yarn, maybe I’ll have to go out and see about finding more of the yarn. It’s going to be tricky though, because Handmaiden colours can vary pretty wildly.

And then there’s the ends. Man, the ends.

teases

It’s been very mild weather-wise here in Toronto the last few days, with temperatures above freezing and nice clear sunny days. I was feeling a bit panicked because I haven’t really got any seasonally appropriate designs on the go! I did some stash digging and pulled up this project that I don’t think I ever blogged about.

in progress

It’s a shrug-ish cardigan, from the top down, with some ribbing, garter stitch, and dropped stitches. I think when I started it I was imagining a fall sweater, but now I think it’s more for spring! The lovely yarn is from Julie Asselin, and it’s DK weight blend of 85% polwarth wool and 15% silk. It comes in a huge skein of 660 yards, so I’m kind of hoping to finish it with just one!

Of course I worked on this “springy” sweater for a few days and today it looks like this.

geez

Yikes. On the plus side, I think I might still have time to finish this wintery-but-lightweight pullover before it gets too hot. I love this stitch, it looks much more complex than it is. It’s worked only 1 strand at a time with slipped stitches. Yarn is Cascade 220 sport, which I’d never tried before – it’s soft and woolly, and the price is amazing!

slip stitch sweater

Just so this post isn’t ALL grey, here’s the labels on a couple of skeins of handspun that I sent out to a new home last week.

my yarn

You can see more of my handspun for sale on Etsy.

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