First on Sam:
Sam is now ready for his legs.
Here I put him on a Kleenex box, just to see what he'll look like three-dimensional.
Runty wants in on the picture too.
For those non-knitter friends of mine, this is a Follow the Leader Aran Knitalong sweater for my husband.
Finally, I saddled up!I settled on Black Water Abbey yarn in Bracken. So far, so good. I took Terri's advise and watched the yarn before knitting.
A closer look. I modified two things from Janet's master pattern. I used a simple 3/3 braid cable instead of the wave cable. And since it is for my sweetheart, I decided to put the XO cable in the middle instead of having another horseshoe.
And these are the rejects! I told you I was swatching!
They are from left Bartlett, Jamieson's Soft Shetland, Cascade 220 blue heather, BWA Mountain (which I like and might knit mine in this) and Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed. I like this one too but the gauge is wrong.
And now the flowers:
The azaleas are blooming in Northern Virginia:
And my Clematis too.
See? I have been busy.