Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear Friends and Family,

No, it's not snowing in Boston. It's raining.

It's been raining for days. While I enjoy your emails, texts, and phone calls, both asking about the weather here and telling me about your piles of snow, I'm a bit jealous. I stopped checking the weather weeks ago, what's the point? But you had me intrigued; maybe we'd get some snow! So I looked:And I highlighted a few key points. Rain, and more rain. I didn't even scroll down the screen, so I don't know where the record 30 inches of snow will fall, but I assure you, it's not falling here.

Let me introduce you to the Pacific Northwest of the East::

So what's a knitter to do? Embrace the gray and surround myself with it::
It's the famous Owl sweater by Kate Davies of Needled. I wanted a sweatshirt type sweater, something I could throw on anytime and immediately be cozy. This was the perfect choice. My only modifications were to move the waist shaping to the sides, and I added a few more short rows to bring the back of the neck up higher. Yarn was Lamb's Wool Bulky using size 10 and 10.5 needles.

I didn't include the button eyes. I like seeing them on other sweaters, but I knew that having the buttons all around would take away from the cozy-ness I craved. Although, after I received a package full of fantastic vintage buttons from Seraphina Firenze, I knew that I'd have to include at least one pair of owl eyes, but which to ones? any preferences?

Bonus shot with the fun yarn charm I received for Christmas::

The owl sweaters are too awesome to just be knit once, and mine was actually the second one I made. The first was for this little lady::

I made it for her first birthday and gave it to her just a wee bit early so it'd get some extra wear before the season ends. This is Kate's Owlet pattern. I knit the baby size 5, with Lion Brand Woolease.

Check out the book in this next photo, you know her mama's raising some girls with good taste. And it's becoming a trend ~ the Schwartz girls come for a visit and we're lucky enough to capture another family portrait::

Well, that's the news, rain and owls. They go exceptionally well together*


ann said...

Someone has a twist in her panties! Oh well, apparently Penn State didn't get the snow either, but next year you'll be close enough to drive home and see it (hope I didn't just jinx myself). Have a movie date with Rosie, if Pop plows me out...that's how deep it it!
My vote is for the green buttons.

lynn said...

wanted to mention how much I liked your owls- (days behind on blog stuff) I've been so wanting to knit owls but as a cardigan....on the buttons- my 2cents worth- go for reddish/purpleish ones