It’s one of my favorite days of the year. The ice is officially off the lake!
I left to teach a retreat last Friday afternoon, with the lakes fully iced over, and came home on Sunday to see the ice off the far side of the lake. By this morning it had receded as far as the big island. Now there is just a bit left by shore, which was when this picture was taken. It’s isn’t very pretty, as now some rain is moving in, but it is one step closer to this:
Ah . . . . summer! The great thing is, the ice is off the lake about a month ahead of it’s usuall time, so we should be seeing summer early this summer. In fact, the weather this winter has been crazy. It was 76 degrees here yesterday! (It is state basketball tournament time, so typically we have a big snowstorm right around this time)
Now, onto something blue – and I didn’t mean the lake – I finished my first baby sweater.
I chose a very simple sweater, as I didn’t want to put too much time into a newborn size sweater that may not get worn very much. I had it finished in under a week, which is record time for me (considering I usually do adult size sweaters).
I chose the pattern “Baby Sophisticate” by Linden Heflin. I really like the simple details of the rolled collar and Raglan sleeves. It has a bit of a little-old man look to me, but I have noticed that all the baby patterns that I have picked out have that look. Kinda funny, considering I just publically teased Joel about dressing like an old man and now I am going to do the same to his son!
I made a little hat to match the sweater. I love baby hats, so I may have to do a hat for each sweater I make. (which may cause this baby to hate me, as kids don’t often like to wear hats). The pattern is called “Leftover Sock Newborn Hat” and you can find the ravelry link here. The little knot at th top is supposed look like a little umbilical cord. I think it’s a cute little detail for a newborn hat.
The yarn is called Fantasy by Dark Horse Yarns. It’s super soft and cuddly – I wish you could feel it. I bought it to match Joel’s eyes. I’m hoping his genes are dominant in the eye department!