Owls, Dragonflies, and Waiting for Rain

A friend of mine recently had a little boy. While she was pregnant they chose not to find out if the baby was a boy, or a girl – but they had decided to do the nursery in an owl theme. I wanted to knit the little one a sweater, and a sweater with owls would be absolutely perfect! I found the Hoot Cardigan on ravelry, and knew it was the one!

I previously posted about the finished sweater here

…and the sweater came out super cute, but its even cuter when you see it on baby Stanley.

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I mean, seriously?! He’s adorable. Babies in hand knit sweaters are amazing.

Another project that I finished recently is the Dragonflies Hat that I knit for my mom. She loves dragonflies, and they are special to us. I gave it to her for Christmas, and she wears it frequently. The pattern was a challenge – I’d never done cables in the round. It felt really good to complete it, and have it look like it was suppsed to when I was done!

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The yarn is Tosh DK in Cloud Dweller. I think the color complimented the pattern nicely. The top of the hat looks almost as cool as the dragonflies.

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Now Im working on Waiting for Rain. Its a beautiful shawl with lace that peeks through in short rows. Amazing right? It has this almost deconstructed look, but the lace softens it. Im obsessed, and working on it all the time. My current favorite color is yellow, so Im using Araucania Huasco yarn in color 108, which as you can see below, is a beautiful golden yellow with just a slight variation:

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I have to give a shout out to the shop owner at Darn Knit {Anyway} in Stillwater, MN for helping me be brave and get the yellow over a brown colorway they also had. I went back and forth about getting the color I loved – but was afraid I wouldnt wear as much (yellow), or the more practical, everyday wearable color (brown). In the end, yellow won out, and Im SO happy that it did!

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I am in love with this pattern, and the color, and the yarn. All of it makes me happy. Im through three (of the four) lace short row sections, and madly knitting away every night. The rows are getting long, but the end is near. Just when you start to go a little crazy knitting garter stitch row after row, a lace sections comes up and makes you think again for a while. I already have the yarn to make two more of these – one for my mom in a robin’s egg blue, and one for my sister in a purple galaxy color. My plan is to get them all finished by the end of Summer. That way we can all wear them while sitting around the campfire up at the cabin this Fall, preferably while eating s’mores…

And I did finish all that Christmas knitting! The Little Oak cardigan was completed for the swap, and the little guy that received it was very pleased.

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The Yak Hat was gifted to my Father-in-Law for Christmas. That yarn was amazing to knit with and I see more exotic yarns in my future. It was really soft and stretchy when finished.

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About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 16 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adorable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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One Response to Owls, Dragonflies, and Waiting for Rain

  1. Bari says:

    Beautiful work!

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