Coming up spring

I finished my mom’s Spring Fling Mother’s Day sweater just in time. Granted I was hastily seaming the second sleeve and tacking on the hook and eye this morning, but technically that still means I got it done in time because by the time I handed it over after church it was complete.

I have now proven that it is possible to create a lacy knit sweater in less than a week (since I started this Monday night. Or was it Tuesday. Lack of sleep has robbed me of the ability to think clearly). All I know is that I have been getting up at 5 in the morning every day this week and staying up until after midnight prettty much every night to get this thing finished. Thus, I do not recommend this as something to do on a regular basis because lack of sleep + lingering winter cold means that by Friday my capacity for rational thought was pretty much gone.

I am not sure if my hands will ever forgive me, or if the blue dye will ever wash off of my fingers. I have callouses on my fingers from the needles. It is the weirdest feeling – or rather the weirdest lack of feeling in the very tips of my thumb and forefinger of my right hand. But these are just minor side effects. Enough babble. Here is the lacy cardigan, modeled by my mom.

Here’s the front.

And here’s the back.

And here’s a side view as well.

I am really quite happy with how this turned out. I handwashed all the pieces as I finished them (in fact the back and one front panel went to work with me on Thursday, stretched out on a towel in my trunk because I knew they would dry faster by ‘baking’ in the car) and the lace pattern really popped. Despite the fact that it is such an open pattern, apparently it is still quite warm (that would likely be because it is made from that lovely soft superwash wool I picked up at the Tess Yarns booth back at Stitches West).

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