Guess what happened again yesterday?


(I love how rhododendron leaves curl up when it’s really cold outside.) Fortunately, only about an inch fell this time.

We’ve been busy with crafty stuff around here, partly because of being snowbound. We do go out to play in the snow, but after a while it’s time to come inside to get warm and enjoy some hot chocolate and do some inside stuff for a while. The other day, Sylvia and I build a nest: I hot-glued together some pieces of craft felt into a bowl-ish shape, and she filled it with lengths of yarn. Then she asked me to make a bird for her, so I made up this one:


I’m in the home stretch of the Wonderful Wallaby I’m knitting for myself–working on the neck placket now (woot!). I’ve decided not to knit the hood. The result won’t be an exact match to the hooded Wallabies I’ve knit for Sylvia and Jan, but I know I will never wear the hood, so there’s no point in wasting yarn and time on it. I expect to finish up this sweater in the next few days. In the meantime, I’ve been wearing a sweater that I finished during the summer…and just now realize that I never wrote about here.

It’s a simple bottom-up in-the-round raglan knit in Wool of the Woods. It’s very toasty and has a buttoned opening on the front-left raglan seam. (Because the neckline is so wide, I don’t ever need to unbutton the sweater to get it on or off.) My favorite part? The buttons:


I bought these buttons when Sylvia was maybe a year old. They are pewter, and I bought two of each of the five designs, thinking they would be so adorable on a sweater for her. Unfortunately, they are rather heavy–too heavy for a fine knit. They work well on this raglan seam, though; because it’s on an angle, I think that helps prevent the buttons from sagging.

11 Responses to “Busy”

  1. Deborahon 17 Feb 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I was very happy that we only got a couple more inches of snow yesterday too! I did have fun walking around in it for a bit though. Once it starting blowing in my face and up my hat I was ready for the indoors. I love love LOVE the buttons on the sweater!!!!!! So freaking adorable!!!!!!

  2. One Tall Robon 17 Feb 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Re: rhodos. I check the bush in my bay window more often that the thermometer outisde my kitchen window. Degree of leaf curling definitely inversely correlated with air temp outside! If the plant is all curled up, huddling with itself, I bust out the parka!

  3. Katie Jon 17 Feb 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t wait to see the Wallaby. The sweater is so bright and when you add the buttons that I imagine you simply can’t be sad when you’re wearing it.

  4. Marshaon 17 Feb 2010 at 10:37 pm

    @Deborah: I have five more of these buttons. What do you think I should do with them?
    @Rob: Who needs when we’ve got rhodies!
    @Katie: And I can’t wait to show it to you when it’s done! :)

  5. Kiranon 18 Feb 2010 at 1:53 am

    I love the buttons too!

  6. Chrison 18 Feb 2010 at 11:51 am

    That bird is great!!

  7. JDon 18 Feb 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Sweet bird! Sweet buttons, too!

    I guess I really shouldn’t tell you that it’s been shorts and flip-flops weather out in these parts…but I think some rain is headed our way next week, so I can’t gloat too much!

  8. Ginaon 18 Feb 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE THAT BIRD! I heard on the news that morning that folks in your neck of the woods were getting hammered. I’m glad that it wasn’t too disastrous!

  9. Pebbledashon 22 Feb 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Love your jumper, such gorgeous colours.

  10. Shannahon 22 Feb 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I love Love LOVE that sweater. The colors and the buttons, everything! How could you not have written about it?!

  11. Marshaon 24 Feb 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Honestly, I’m not sure how I managed not to write about that green sweater. I will have to do a post soon!