I had a lot of fun at a friend's baby shower this weekend. The mama-to-be is a spirited young woman with a strong commitment to social justice. She works at a worker-owned cooperative, so I decided to make a gift with yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery, a worked-owned cooperative in Putney, Vermont.
Pattern: Peanut, by Cap Sease
Yarn: Green Mount Spinnery's Sylvan Spirit (50 percent wool, 50 percent Tencel) in the Citrine colorway
Needles: US4 for the body; US3 for the button bands
I think this was my first-ever sweater knit sideways—you start with a sleeve and work across the body, ending with other sleeve. So it all comes together kind of like a box folding up. This is how it looked while blocking:
It definitely needed blocking because the seed stitch sleeve cuffs and front bands wanted to curl badly; after blocking, they calmed down and played nice.
This was my first time using Sylvan Spirit. It's a satisfyingly rustic single-ply, with lovely flecks of orange and sometimes green. Maybe you can see them better in these detail shots:
I found this adorable duck rattle made from upcycled and felted sweaters at the Knack Pop-up Shop. It's by Free Ramblin' Kids. I especially love the Fair Isle back:
I haven't been to a baby shower in ages; I'd forgotten what fun they are! So much happiness and joy. Who can't use a little of that?