Shades Of Fog

March's entrance

Knitting shades of fog, and of rain clouds, the colors reflecting this morning’s landscape, into a new project with the vernal influences taking hold for my nieces’ Spring Sweaters 2014.   Delightedly I get to report showers mixed with rain and fog brings a fresh start for March !

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We are on the tail end of winter friends, aren’t we?
Here on the mountain the misty clouds are speeding past us, hovering and temperamental.
In Northern California, we are finally having some much-missed moisture, and I’m just hoping for a continued rainy & foggy spring.

Sweater Success !

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This Spring’s sweater tees are once again a success and my nieces made them into a photo sensation !!!  Chasing the bright morning light around the town of Calistoga, we sought out our favorite spots.   The corner of Lincoln and Washington streets, with the intriguing minty blue-green building which is Bella Tootsie Shoe Shop, and our ‘cover photo’ signature most every time.

A close-up of one of the sweater tee detail, lighting just right so that you can see the single-row pin-striping of two colors alternating, and the raglan decreases through the ribbed neck band, with cord bind-off  …

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Such fine pin-stripes of light green & light blue, and light purple & smokey grey aren’t even visible unless one is up-close.  Even just a couple of feet away, the colors melt into one another, creating a perfect blend , as these two sisters do . . .

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The mural off of Lincoln Street is our essential destination in every photo shoot !

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We enjoyed just hanging about in town too, always bustling with folk from the whole Napa Valley and beyond . . .

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There was the mandatory ice-cream ~ raspberry sorbet & strawberry cheesecake ~ which is always the last shot I get before the camera protests with no memory left !

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A few more photos tucked away into a little slide show of the best shots.

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More, still-life photos of these tees HERE
Detailed on Ravelry HERE

Sneak Preview

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What is this?

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Both Spring Tees are finished

and ready for official modelling on Sunday !

jenjoycedesign©spring-tees2 I am so excited about having my nieces show them off !!!

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This is the big event I look forward to twice each year, around the

Vernal and Autumnal Equinox.

Perhaps you’d like to take a look at the superbe modelling of

Last Years Spring Sweater Tees

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Vernal Equinox

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Today is the Vernal Equinox, and  (pin-striped grey & purple) Spring Tee One is finished!

See how sheer it is when hanging in a light window? This is fingering weight ‘sock yarn’ knit up with size #6 needles, for a light , almost lacey feel (but thinking maybe I should have used #7’s).   I am elated to say that the yarn for Spring Tee Two came in today, so I can finish in time for the photo shoot with my nieces on Sunday !  Soon I will show them off in detail , but for this post  ~ just a silhouette.

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Pin-Striped Spring Sweater Tees

I am totally smitten with provisional cast-on !!! As you may have observed, every Spring and Autumn I knit a sweater , times two,  for my nieces. . . and well, it’s creeping up on the Vernal Equinox very fast.  I must make considerable progress this week !  Here is a very blurry shot of me picking the ‘right legs’ of the ‘live’ stitches beneath the pink crocheted chain I used to knit into . . .

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After picking up all the stitches from the provisional cast-on, it’s . . . zzzip  . . . the stitches are set free, ‘live’ , and ready to go get knit up into an edging  !!!

(( By the way, I’ve decided against lace this year, as a total amateur I’m just not ready yet to face all those yarn-overs ! ))

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I am doing a knit 1-purl 1 rib, then a 2-stitch cord bind-off (really, more commonly known as i-cord bind off) .  Smokey grey and dusty purple for OneWhoIsThirteen . . .

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Soon I will have finished Pin-Striped Spring Sweater Tee One to show you !

But then there’s Pin-Striped Tee Two making progress. . .  bright green and aqua for TenYearOldKid . . .

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And speaking of green things, I found this critter out on the deck today.

(( Apologies for another blurry shot, I swear I do not how to use our camera ! ))

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We have many oak trees about our house, does anybody have any good guesses as to what species of moth this might be ?

Springing into Spring Sweaters !

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It is almost the end of February, and these weeks transitioning into March are the heralds of spring.  The fruit trees cover themselves in snowy white, and the daffodils pop up out of the ground everywhere (wild irises soon).  In the valley, fields explode in yellow mustard flowers ~~ the signature of Napa Valley Spring.  But for me , what is the mark of the season is on my knitting needles . . .

 my nieces’ Spring Sweater Tees !

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I am well on my way through thirteen-year-old nieces’ smokey grey & purple sweater tee, made from the left over yarn of two sock projects of last year, and the light blue & green yarn at the top of the post will be for my ten-year-old niece.  This year I’m going to be trying a lacy kind of edging !  I hope that it all works out, as I have never done any kind of lace, what-so-ever.  I’ve even done a provisional cast-on for this project so that I could think about it while I knit.  By the way, this project so far has been a knit-walking only project, but I am going to have to do some serious hunkering under my bright lamp while reading lace patterning instructions.  I’m figuring, again, raglan decreases like last year’s Spring Sweater Tees 2012

Well, anyway, my nieces were just visiting last weekend and we went for a hike on my trail in the woods.   I just love, love, love them.  They are My Nieces I Love To Pieces !

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