Monday was a day of sickness in the house. Fortunately only 3 kids actually got sick, and even then, they were fine after a few hours of misery. It didn’t even last a whole 24 hours.
I’ve been doing a lot of Advent preparation this last week, but unfortunately, not working on the Christmas animals for the kids. I’m realizing I have just a few weeks left and sort of hit a panic last night. So this might be the last you see of this sweater in progress until after the New Year. Whew! I have a lot to do!
The front of this pullover is everything I hoped. I loosely based it off of one of the antique baptismal gowns my girls wore that has been in my husband’s family for more than 120 years. It is just so lovely, that I started sketching, and wondering how the design would translate into a sweater. I originally thought of putting garter stitch down the front for the horizontal lines, to mimic the pin tucks in the the gown, but I didn’t like the idea of the different row gauge that would involve and the general pulling and adjusting while wearing.
Not that long ago, I thought of using a Latvian braid technique for the center horizontal panel. It was just perfect, and made the row gauge pretty consistent throughout. I’m currently playing around with some neck shaping, so it’s not totally done. The sleeves, once I get to them after Christmas, will be more lacy, which is also in line with the heirloom gown. The swatch for the lace in this yarn still needs to be done, so I’m a bit away from getting that completed.
As for reading, I went to a conference with a friend of mine last Saturday. It was just a morning and early afternoon thing, but the speaker was Susie Larson. It was so good! I was writing feverishly the whole time, and had pages of notes brought home with me. Since I can’t resist a book table, I got 2 of her books afterwards. I’ve been reading through (be it ever so slowly) Your Beautiful Purpose. So far it’s been really inspiring, and yet grounded and practical.
Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along.