Signs of Spring: Birdwatcher and Cherry Blossoms

The Birdwatcher (pattern by Casapinka) is underway. I moved up to a US5 needle, knit for a while, and steamed it to get an idea how wide this will be. It’s approximately 39” and I’m aiming for 40”. I’m hoping that the stockinette portion will be just a tad wider than the chevroned edge, and I think it will be. Or not! Again, do as I say, not as I do. I like the fabric I’m getting, and it may just have a little less ease than I was planning. I don’t want to go up another needle size, and I don’t have enough yarn to go up another size in the pattern.

There are supposed to be 4 repeats of that chevron pattern, but I stopped at three. The bottom of the sweater is supposed to be 12” to the armhole, and I want it to be 9. I don’t want chevrons halfway to the armhole; I want it to be more of an edging. I think three repeats will be enough! Also, I was ready to stop paying attention. Now it’s just stockinette to the armhole, which is gives me room to think about other things. I’m glad I’m alternating skeins every 2 rounds; I can definitely see a bit of stripeyness as I’m knitting the stockinette section.

My log cabin wrap is done and blocked! I took some pictures in the back yard, but the modeled pictures are coming soon. My sister modeled for me, and we were lucky to catch the last of the cherry blossoms on a neighborhood street. We went downtown, too, but the trees there were no longer very pink!

Just not the right look for the photo shoot. I really have had cherry blossoms on my mind, so I think this pattern will probably be called Cherry Blossom Wrap. Look for it at the end of the week! For now, let me share pictures from a couple weeks ago downtown. This was the hoped for backdrop for our photo shoot, but I wasn’t ready when it was ready.

What are you knitting this spring?

4 responses to “Signs of Spring: Birdwatcher and Cherry Blossoms

  1. Yep, I can see the end-&-beginning yarn look in the photo, and it’s GOOD !
    Nice little pattern: happy to see you making something I can get my head atound. 😉
    The wrap looks so pretty, Michele, and your photos are terrific. I particularly like the shot of the blossoms with the industrial stuff in the background, dunno why ..

  2. I’m finishing up a Bentley cardigan, but can’t wait to start a Spring Tee

  3. Lovely wrap! I’m knitting a 3D wrap, a cowl and a cardigan. That’s probably 1 more project than I should have going at a time, but things just kind of fell together this way.

  4. The cherry blossoms are so beautiful! My sister sends me some gorgeous photos from Japan.